Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller is apparently dialing up the investigation into the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. The Washington Post previously reported that investigators were looking at meetings Kushner held in December with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian bank. When these meetings were first reported, it was not understood that the FBI was investigating Kushner’s business dealings as well.
The White House has said that the meetings were pre-inauguration diplomatic encounters that were not business related. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the focus of U.S. sanctions, has said that the session was held for business reasons having to do with Kushner’s family real estate company. If that is true, it could mean there is a concern regarding Kushner’s personal financial interests intersecting with his new role as a public official.
The investigation by Mueller is still in very early stages, so it is not clear yet whether the focus on Kushner will lead to criminal charges. Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s attorney, said, “We do not know what this report refers to, it would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Mr. 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.”
According to the Washington Post:
Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this article but said that “the Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.”
Jared Kushner rarely speaks publicly and has become a significant influence in the White House. Kushner has policy responsibilities that include Canada, Mexico, China and peace in the Middle East. He has previously agreed to discuss his Russian contacts with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The president continues to describe this investigation as a “Witch Hunt,” and he compared his experience with the investigation of Hillary Clinton. He recently tweeted, “Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ‘bleached’ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared — & they talk about obstruction?”
Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, 'bleached' emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
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