HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 15:55
Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing the business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election, the media reported. Gorkov was trained by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB. The unnamed sources claim that Kushner discussed setting up a confidential line of communication between Trump and Russian officials during the Kislyak meeting.
Although Kushner's attorney Jamie Gorelick downplayed the report about her client being investigated, she did not deny the news report.
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. The banker, Sergey Gorkov, is the head of VEB Bank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of US government sanctions. Trump, who on Friday confirmed he's being investigated by the Special Counsel, has dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt".
After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump said that Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein warned against trusting anonymous sources late Thursday night, shortly before The Washington Post published a damaging story about White House adviser Jared Kushner that relied on unnamed USA officials as sources. The inquiry has expanded to include an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Post reported Wednesday. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". Both Senate and House Intelligence Committee investigators are reportedly considering whether 666 Fifth Avenue's weak financial position made Kushner more vulnerable to Russian interests.
Trump, however, referred to the Post's reporting as a "phony" story in a tweet Thursday.
Mueller spokesman Peter Carr blasted the disclosure that Kushner's finances were under investigation, stating "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".
"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, '" Rosenstein said, according to Fox News.