Special counsel, Robert Mueller, is ramping up his Russia investigation, this time setting his sights on President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner.
Kushner was worried about Mueller’s ongoing investigation, reportedly asking a friend if the Russia probe will “get the president”.
The investigation led by Mueller examines potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and whether the president obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director, James Comey, later this year.
Following the indictment of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his deputy, Rick Gates, sources now say that Kushner is next. Mueller’s team has reportedly questioned several witnesses about Kushner’s meetings and conversations with foreign leaders during Trump’s transition into the White House.
One noteworthy event was when Kushner welcomed former Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, at Trump Tower and asked if it would be possible to establish a backchannel line of communication to Moscow. As a result, Kislyak set up a meeting between Trump’s son-in-law and the CEO of Russia’s Vnesheconombank, Sergei Gorkov. Gorkov was appointed CEO by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, last year.
Trump’s administration and the Kremlin gave different explanations as to why Trump’s son-in-law met with Gorkov. The FBI is reportedly investigating whether Gorkov proposed to Kushner to have Russian banks finance Trump’s business ventures in the exchange of lifting several US sanctions. They are also looking into Kushner’s role in Comey’s firing.
Several sources state that Kushner “pushed” Trump to fire the former FBI director, however, the advisor’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, downplayed Kushner’s role.
“When the president made the decision to fire FBI Director Comey, Mr. Kushner supported it” noted Lowell.
Trump expressed his disdain for the Russia probe numerous times, calling the investigation “fake news”. The president is also in hot waters thanks to his conversations with Putin of whether Russia influenced the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘ I didn’t do that’ and I really believe that,” Trump stated after meeting with Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit earlier this month.
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