Robert Mueller hires 13 lawyers to handle Russia investigation

Marie Harrington
Июня 20, 2017

Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his favored advisers, as well as other business associates close to the president and his campaign are being looked into by Mueller, anonymous sources told the newspaper.

Officials familiar with the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election told The Washington Post on Thursday that Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Kushner as well as other Trump associates.

The Post reports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'.

But as the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation grows-expanding to include an inquiry into Trump for potential obstruction of justice-Kushner is being dragged from his position as a silent power behind the throne, into the clamorous, white-hot center of the White House scandal.

Vice President Mike Pence has hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel investigation and congressional inquiries into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

Gorelick added, "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".

Bannon was said to be bragging to journalists about dirt he had on Kushner regarding contacts with a Russian bank.

As counter-programming to the Russian Federation narrative consuming the White House, Jared Kushner's Office of American Innovation has been talking up "Infrastructure Week" and "Workforce Week" to generate some momentum on bipartisan issues that might put some points on the scoreboard for his father-in-law and boss, President Donald Trump. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

Two senior intelligence officials, Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, and Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller as early as this week.

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Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who've represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal.

After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump said that Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation.

But Comey suggested he expected Mueller would look into whether Trump's efforts to intervene in the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry amounted to obstruction of justice.

"To the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate", Rogers said at the hearing, without answering whether he was asked-but not directed-to back off. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.

Baker's views didn't change, even as Comey told Trump a second and third time that he was not being investigated.

Comey testified before the Senate last week, and stated that Trump spoke with him privately on several occasions in person and over the telephone.

But days later, Trump said in an NBC interview that he had made a decision to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it. "So yeah, he's in a hard position and I personally think it would be wise for him to go back to NY".

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