Robert Mueller, appointed as special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is scrutinizing Jared Kushner's "finances and business dealings, "The Washington Post reported Thursday citing unnamed "officials familiar with the matter". He said the tweet last Friday from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.
In March, CNN reported Kushner had "relationship meetings" with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov to discuss issues like sanctions. 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.
Gorkov's state-owned bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) has been under US sanctions since 2014. As the Post notes, the meeting took place as Kushner's family sought financing for the hulking, debt-laden office building they own at 666 Fifth Avenue.
These investigations are still in their early stages and it is uncertain whether any charges will ever be brought.
"After the appointment of our former partner Robert Mueller as special counsel, we advised Mr. Kushner to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us as his counsel", Gorelick said in a statement Sunday to The Times.
According to reports, three of the 13 newly-hired members of Mueller's investigative team have donated to Democrats in the past. At least 13 lawyers have joined a legal team led by special counsel Mueller to tackle the Russian Federation investigation, according to spokesman Peter Carr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". Trump said in a tweet.
Comey testified before a Senate panel last week that Trump spoke privately with him several times, including by telephone and at White House meetings.
According to the news accounts, neither Coats nor Rogers complied with Trump's requests.
On Thursday, Trump went on Twitter and called the investigation "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
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"His view was still that it. could be misleading, because the nature of the investigation was such that it might well touch - obviously, it would touch the campaign, and the person at the head of the campaign would be the candidate". Comey did not name the dissenter, but The Washington Post has learned it was FBI General Counsel James Baker.
Baker declined to comment.