Jared Kushner's business dealings being investigated, Washington Post reports
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 23:27
Mueller's inquiry includes Kushner among other Trump's associates - former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and a campaign policy adviser Carter Page, The Washington Post claimed citing unnamed sources on Thursday.
The lawyer for the president's son-in-law and close adviser said there was nothing surprising about the Post's report.
That same month, Kushner also met with Sergey Gorkov of Vnesheconombank, a Russian bank that has been accused of being state-owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and is now under US sanctions.
USA TODAY previously reported that the FBI was investigating Kushner for his contact with Russian officials, but there was no word at that time that his financial dealings were part of the probe.
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. 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. However, the Post noted the meeting took place at a time when Kushner's company sought finance for its troubled $1.8 billion purchase of an office building on Fifth Avenue in NY. His investigation is still in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear if any criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, the Post pointed out. "Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".
Mueller's plans emerged just a week after Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump pressed him in February to ease up on an investigation into Flynn.
Comey also said Trump repeatedly sought assurances that he wasn't a target of the Russian Federation investigation. Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation.
But days later, Trump said in an NBC interview that he had made a decision to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it.
Comey took notes after each of his nine meetings or phone calls with Trump, including one alone with the president in the Oval Office on February 14, the day after Flynn was forced to resign.
"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", Trump told Lester Holt of NBC News in an interview broadcast May 11.
Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.
While Mueller's investigation is in its early stage, his spokesman Peter Carr told the Post "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". Coats told associates that Trump asked him whether he could intervene with Comey to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off its focus on Flynn, the officials said.
Kushner's lawyer denied the latest allegations on Thursday in a statement.