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Special counsel probing Jared Kushner's business dealings

20 June 2017
Special counsel probing Jared Kushner's business dealings

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser may be getting new legal representation as the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling heats up.

He is already at the center of the investigation into whether Trump officials colluded with Russian Federation to sway the outcome of the presidential election. During that meeting, Kushner proposed establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government that would bypass the USA intelligence community, according to The New York Times.

The White House said at the time that Kushner's meetings were for diplomatic purposes, but the Russian bank maintained their meeting concerned the Kushner family's real estate company. The meeting occurred as Kushner's company had been seeking financing for its troubled $1.8 billion purchase of an office building on Fifth Avenue in NY, and it could raise questions about whether Kushner's personal financial interests were colliding with his impending role as a public official.

These investigations are still in their early stages and it is uncertain whether any charges will ever be brought.

"What's interesting about this story though, and we were talking about this before, I told you that several months ago Steve Bannon told people close to him, friends, he didn't need to worry about Jared Kushner because he was going to keep leaking Russian stories and that friends reported back to me and reporters reported back to me, I have nothing to worry about".

After a series of Twitter posts Thursday assailing reports that a special counsel is investigating obstruction of justice allegations against him, Trump took to Twitter again Friday.

On June 15, officials disclosed that the DOJ probe was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation". Gorelick pointed out that Kushner has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is leading one of the congressional Russian Federation investigations.

Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6. A Reuters report said the meeting could have concerned lifting USA sanctions against Russian Federation.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

"His view was still that it... could be misleading, because the nature of the investigation was such that it might well touch - obviously, it would touch the campaign, and the person at the head of the campaign would be the candidate", Comey said.

Baker declined to comment.