Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

27 May, 2017, 07:44 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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The apparent scrutiny of Mr Kushner means the FBI investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election and contact with Trump aides goes to the highest levels of the White House.

Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the investigation.

FBI investigators have a simple reason for believing Jared Kushner can help them determine whether President Trump's campaign helped Russia influence the presidential election: Kushner met with senior Russians during the campaign. His attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told the Post that he has volunteered to share information with a Congress on the nature of the meetings.

The FBI and the oversight committee as well as several other congressional panels are looking into Russian "meddling" in the 2016 presidential election and possible connections between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Perhaps even more troubling, CNN also reported that according to multiple USA officials, "to this day Russian Federation is trying to spread false information in the United States - through elected officials and American intelligence and law enforcement operatives - in order to cloud and confuse ongoing investigations".

Already, the Senate judiciary committee and House oversight committee have been stonewalled on their requests for documents, particularly for the memos FBI Director James Comey reportedly wrote about his conversations with Trump about the Russian Federation investigation.

Michael Flynn. Kushner. Now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Mr Trump fired Mr Comey on May 9 amid questions about the FBI's investigation, which is now being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director.

The FBI's interest in Kushner is reportedly different from that of Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and former White House national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

The banker, Sergei Gorkov, is chairman of VneshEconomBank, a state bank under U.S. sanctions since July 2014.

But behind the scenes, Trump and his team appear to have worked assiduously to get FBI investigators to either stop their digging, or to lean on congressional and intelligence officials to get them to back Trump by saying there is nothing there.

"I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting", Kushner told Forbes. Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman but left the campaign in August.

After the November 8 election, Kushner and Flynn also discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies, two of the sources said.

The Russia story continues to plague the Trump campaign.


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