Special Counsel Is Reportedly Investigating Jared Kushner's Business Dealings


The business dealings of Jared Kushner have become a focus in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a Washington Post report Thursday night. Earlier this week, it was revealed that Mueller is also investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Robert Mueller III is looking into Kushner's post-election meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and Sergey Gorkov, who is in charge of the Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, according to a report by The Washington Post.

Kushner, who is both the President's son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President, reportedly approached Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Kislyak in early December, before he was made a White House employee, requesting to establish a backchannel to Moscow to avoid the eyes and ears of US intelligence services.

CNN recently had to add an embarrassing correction to a story ahead of former FBI Director James Comey's testimony.

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation. At the time of that report, it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner's business dealings.

Kushner is also close to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who was sacked by Trump in February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the contents and nature of his communications with Kislyak.

Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. Comey did not name the dissenter, but The Washington Post has learned it was FBI General Counsel James Baker.

The US president has repeatedly denied any connections to Russian Federation and expressed desire to end the probe with integrity as soon as possible. He's also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation. In a statement, the National Security Agency said it "will fully cooperate with the special counsel", but declined to comment further.

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

Law enforcement sources tell CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full-scale obstruction investigation.

Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials. Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.