Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

Jared Kushner sits in Vice President-elect Mike Pence's car outside of Trump Tower

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.

"We do not know what this report refers to", said Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner.

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence.

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.

Allegations Kushner's finances are being studied as part of the investigation come after it was reported last month the team behind the probe were examining meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late previous year during the presidential transition.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of US sanctions following Russia's annexation of Crimea, has said the session was held for business reasons because of Kushner's role as head of his family's real estate company. 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.

Mueller's investigation is still in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought when it is complete.

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.


Mercedes Schlapp questioned whether some of the lawyers hired by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for the Trump-Russia investigation are truly neutral.

Comey also said Trump repeatedly sought assurances that he wasn't a target of the Russian Federation investigation.

The special council panel of investigators is examining allege Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, and aim to discuss with top intelligence officials, CNN reported.

The decision to hire Cullen has been in the works for weeks, aides to the vice president said.

"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. And so that was his view throughout", Comey said". Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation. "And in fact, when I chose 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".

"While the president has the right to, he has no intention to do so", Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

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

On Thursday, Kushner's lawyer said any such scrutiny of Kushner's business would be "standard practice". Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.

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