Jared Kushner's business dealings come under scrutiny in Russian Federation probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly now investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, according to a report Thursday night from the Washington Post.

The Mueller panel is also investigating the alleged obstruction of justice by #President Trump, as reported by the Washington Post.

While the Washington Post previously reported Kushner's contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank, were being examined, the report noted it wasn't clear at the time that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was scrutinizing Kushner's business deals. But the bank said in a March statement that Gorkov met with Kushner in his capacity as a businessman. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". He's also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation.

Those familiar with the matter say Mueller will likely interview NSA (National Security Agency) Director Michael Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

As counter-programming to the Russian Federation narrative consuming the White House, Jared Kushner's Office of American Innovation has been talking up "Infrastructure Week" and "Workforce Week" to generate some momentum on bipartisan issues that might put some points on the scoreboard for his father-in-law and boss, President Donald Trump.

In a subsequent early-morning tweet, Trump called the investigation "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Earlier Thursday, Trump took to his favorite social media platform to assail reports that a special counsel is investigating obstruction of justice allegations against him. He was one of the architects of Trump's recent foreign trip, which especially in its visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel went smoothly and mostly gaffe-free.

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 US officials as sources.

Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation". Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.

"Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it", Trump told Lester Holt of NBC News in an interview broadcast 11 May.

  • Larry Hoffman