Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating business and financial dealings of White House aide Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter.
The president, for his part, has denied any collusion between members of his campaign and Russian agents looking to interfere with the election. The Post said one subject of scrutiny is Kushner’s meeting with Russian development banker Sergey Gorkov in December, when Kushner’s family real estate business was seeking financing for a Manhattan office building.
Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top White House advisor with a sprawling portfolio, is just one of many in Trump’s circle whom Mueller is investigating in his ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.
Attorney Jay Sekulow appeared on several news programs Sunday and Monday to say Trump is not under federal investigation.
“We do not know what this report refers to”, said Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently beefed up his investigative team to include 13 new attorneys just as news reports indicated the scope of the Russian Federation investigation was expanding. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters.
“This pick really shows that Mueller recognises that Russian organised crime and sophisticated financial transactions involving them are going to be right at the centre and Page is definitely a leading expert there”, said Scott Horton, a U.S. lawyer with experience of working in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
‘He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry’.
“And so he was reluctant to make the statement that I made”, Comey said.
Himes says interviews are still being scheduled and documents being reviewed.
The New York Times first reported that Kushner was weighing other legal options. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.
The tweet and similar attacks launched by surrogates in recent days suggest Trump’s strategy will be to assail the integrity of the investigators from the onset.
The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.