Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

Jared Kushner's business dealings and finances are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the Washington Post reports.

Those being looked into include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, another campaign adviser to Trump. At the time of that report it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner's business dealings.

The news comes as the Justice Department continues its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia.

'We do not know what this report refers to, ' Jamie Gorelick said.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation".

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation.

'He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry'.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

According to the report, the new focus on Kushner's finances is "part of the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election".

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Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump attend a news conference at the White House in Washington, US, March 17, 2017. However, the Post noted the meeting took place at a time when Kushner's company sought finance for its troubled $1.8 billion purchase of an office building on Fifth Avenue in NY.

"Current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way", Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.

Mueller's spokesman said the team, which is still being assembled, has begun its investigation and interviews. The unnamed sources claim that Kushner discussed setting up a confidential line of communication between Trump and Russian officials during the Kislyak meeting. Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation.

Comey testified before the Senate last week, and stated that Trump spoke with him privately on several occasions in person and over the telephone.

Comey testified that not everyone on his Federal Bureau of Investigation team agreed he should.

Trump's spokesman said when he dismissed Comey on 9 May that the reason was the former FBI chief's handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.

But days later, Trump said in an NBC interview that he had made a decision to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6. "So yeah, he's in a hard position and I personally think it would be wise for him to go back to NY".

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