Special counsel investigating Kushner business dealings

Donald Trump in February

The reports say one focus of Mueller's investigation is presidential conversations with Coats and Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo in late March, in which Trump reportedly asked them to intervene with then-FBI Director James Comey to ask him to halt his probe of Flynn.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who acts as attorney general on the Russian investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself, appointed Mueller last month with a mandate to probe "Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters".

The White House confirmed on Thursday that Mueller was interviewed - presumably about again running the Federal Bureau of Investigation - the day before he was named as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

It was not clear if Trump's comment was based on news reports or if the White House had been given official notice.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. Trump fired Comey in May.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after Trump's inauguration.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, seemed brushed off the prospect that Mueller would be looking at Kushner's finances. On Friday, the President tweeted he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet.

Several news reports said Mueller plans to interview key USA national security officials about Trump's comments seeking an end to the investigation of contacts his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

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