Jared Kushner focus of Mueller questions
- Author: Tracy Klein Nov 04, 2017,
Nov 04, 2017, 0:29
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, has turned over documents to special counsel Robert Mueller and investigators are asking questions about Kushner's role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The FBI has reportedly been looking into Kushner since before Mueller even took over the investigation for his multiple roles on the Trump campaign and transition team and the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russia's ambassador and a Russian banker that was left off Kushner's security clearance form. Any report of charges will likely create complications since the White House has argued that the entire Russian Federation situation is simply a Democratic scheme that was triggered by Hillary Clinton's loss in the elections a year ago.
The report, citing sources "briefed on Trump's thinking", said Trump confided in Stephen Bannon, that he no longer trusts Kushner.
CNN reported that Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, turned over the documents to Mueller "in recent weeks".
Trump fired Comey in May, leading Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election.
A White House official told CNN that the special counsel's questions about Kushner are not a surprise.
Former White House staff members-whether encamped at Breitbart News or anywhere else-are constrained by 18 USC 207, which governs "restrictions on former officers, employees, and elected officials of the executive and legislative branches". Court documents released by Mueller on Monday also showed that George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser to the campaign, had pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Roger Stone has allegedly added to Trump's paranoia, claiming that Kushner gave his father-in-law bad advice.
A 12-count indictment handed down Monday also includes a number of counts against Manafort's former business partner and protégé Rick Gates, who was ousted from the pro-Trump group America First Policies in April.
According to a source familiar with the conversation, Trump agreed with Stone.
"Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history. I'm only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress".