Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances, Washington Post reports

Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his favored advisers, as well as other business associates close to the president and his campaign are being looked into by Mueller, anonymous sources told the newspaper.

However, Mueller's investigation is in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear whether criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, USA officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Thursday.

Fulop had already withdrawn his support for the tax break, after news reports appeared last month recounting how Jared Kushner's sister had mentioned his name and position at the White House while pitching the project to Chinese investors.

The White House maintained Kushner's meeting with Gorkov was a mere pre-inauguration diplomatic encounter and was in no way related to business.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer said in response to the Post' report.

'It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", he added.

Kushner has agreed to talk to the Senate Intelligence committee, and is expected to discuss these matters with the Senate intelligence staff, though the timing is still being worked out. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of USA 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.

Kushner is also close to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who was sacked by Trump in February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the contents and nature of his communications with Kislyak.

On May 26, the media claimed citing alleged intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by U.S. officials that Kushner has suggested to Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak using Russian diplomatic facilities to shield the talks ahead of Trump's inauguration from being monitored.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday.

  • Larry Hoffman