Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Special counsel probing Jared Kushner's business dealings

Shortly after the Department of Justice released Rosenstein's statement, the Post published a story claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Kushner's business dealings as part the probe into Russian election meddling.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation".

Mueller's team includes top investigators and lawyers who have represented major companies in court, according to CNN. Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation, is also joining the team.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

Five of the attorneys have been identified, and three have fallen under criticism for donating to Democrats.

The Latest on the investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 elections.

Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for leaking information, which he says is "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

Those familiar with the matter say Mueller will likely interview NSA (National Security Agency) Director Michael Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.

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On Thursday a Republican lawyer who supports the president and has experience in government emailed an article he had read about the team of prosecutors Mueller is assembling. They have no idea what evidence the FBI has, and until the investigation is completed and charges are either filed or not filed, they won't - can't - have any idea.

Previously, it was reported that Kushner worked to establish a secret channel of communication between Moscow and the Trump team during the post-election transition phase.

The President tweeted Friday that he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet.

A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence.

"And so he was reluctant to make the statement that I made", Comey said. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

With Thursday's reporting, the investigation into Kushner - Trump's son-in-law and most trusted advisor - appears to have escalated yet again, and it's destroying the myth perpetuated by Trump and his allies that there is nothing to see here.

News accounts this week said Trump was considering firing Mueller from his special counsel role, but the White House eventually said he does not plan to.

But a source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump has been advised to avoid such a dramatic move.

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