Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings



"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough thinks White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Preibus are driving some of the leaks that are damaging Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Post reports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'. At the time of that report it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner's business dealings.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, an attorney for Kushner, said in response. "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'. Kushner was also already under investigation for his secret meetings with several key Russian players, including Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker and Putin spy Sergey Gorgov.

As Mueller's probe continues, Vice President Mike Pence has retained private counsel over this matter.

The special counsel's investigators are looking into questions of Russian interference in last year's election, and plan to speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

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

The 36-year-old is reported to have been bothered by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint Mueller as the special counsel.

"Current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way", Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement.

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He is reportedly interviewing three top intelligence officials - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett - as part of the probe as early as this week. The unnamed sources claim that Kushner discussed setting up a confidential line of communication between Trump and Russian officials during the Kislyak meeting.

Trump fired Comey last month, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling.

"To the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate", Rogers said at the hearing, without answering whether he was asked-but not directed-to back off.

Comey testified before the Senate last week, and stated that Trump spoke with him privately on several occasions in person and over the telephone.

"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.

Baker's views didn't change, even as Comey told Trump a second and third time that he was not being investigated. "And so that was his view throughout", Comey said.

Since his appointment on May 17, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has recruited a high-powered team of lawyers, investigators and prosecutors with deep expertise in areas ranging from financial fraud to constitutional law.

This has always seemed very plausible to me, that Kushner was trying to use his position of influence with Trump to make a quid pro quo - I'll help get the sanctions lifted if you agree to finance our troubled real estate holdings.

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