Mueller's Probe Expands to Jared Kushner's Business Ties — WashPost

Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice, will also be probing Kushner's business dealings and finances.

CNN reported in March that Kushner met secretly with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the same official that Attorney General Jeff Sessions eventually acknowledged he met with at least two times during the presidential campaign.

During the December meeting with Kislyak, Kushner suggested establishing a secure communications line between Trump officials and the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic facility, reports The Washington Post.

Attorney Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, asserted that they would cooperate with the Mueller probe. As the Post notes, the meeting took place as Kushner's family sought financing for the hulking, debt-laden office building they own at 666 Fifth Avenue.

The Post says that, "Mueller's investigation is in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear whether criminal charges will be brought when it is complete".

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". It follows President Donald Trump's decision to assemble a team of outside lawyers to represent him through the Justice Department special counsel's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Mueller's investigation now encompasses the president's firing of Comey, the Russian government's role during the election, whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials and alleged financial crimes committed by Trump associates.

The report comes as the investigation closes in on other members of Trump's inner-most circle.

Sources informed The Post of the financial focus of the investigation. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

After the statement was released, former Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sacked by Trump recently, lashed out at the administration.

Read: Is Jared Kushner Becoming The Center Of Russia Investigation?

The decision to hire Cullen has been in the works for weeks, aides to the vice president said.

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