Special counsel investigating Kushner business dealings

Special counsel investigating Kushner business dealings

Special counsel investigating Kushner business dealings

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating son-in-law and top adviser to the President, Jared Kushner's finances and business dealings in relation to Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 election, according to The Washington Post.

The move expands the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Other probes of Russia's election interference are being carried out in Congress. Now it appears Mueller is examining the president's own conduct, which may include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Special Counsel Mueller likely "will be archiving these various Twitter rants as supplemental evidence" for the obstruction investigation, Moss, who also is deputy executive director of the James Madison Project, told VOA. During that meeting, Kushner proposed establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government that would bypass the US intelligence community, according to The New York Times.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting.

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Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday. Kushner's lawyers say he will cooperate with investigators. The Post cited anonymous USA officials familiar with the matter.

Trump fired Comey last month, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling.

Mueller brought in James Quarles and Jeannie Rhee from his previous firm WilmerHale, and Andrew Weissmann, the leader of the Enron fraud investigation.

But Comey suggested he expected Mueller would look into whether Trump's efforts to intervene in the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry amounted to obstruction of justice. "And so that was his view throughout", Comey said.

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Baker's views didn't change, even as Comey told Trump a second and third time that he was not being investigated. "And in fact, when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". He called the White House's reason for his dismissal "lies, plain and simple". Trump and the White House disputed Comey's description of the events.

A week after Comey's firing, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the probe. He's been building a team of investigators for a wide-ranging inquiry into Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

CBS News confirmed late last month that Kushner is under scrutiny in the probe into Russian election meddling. Kushner is believed to have asked Kislyak about setting up a secure communications back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

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