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Special Counsel Is Reportedly Investigating Jared Kushner's Business Dealings

20 June 2017

The Post said the finances of other Trump associates are also being looked into, including former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation. 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.

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".

That same month, Kushner also met with Sergey Gorkov of Vnesheconombank, a Russian bank that has been accused of being state-owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and is now under USA sanctions.

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"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote on Twitter.

Kushner's contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank, have also reportedly been part of the probe, but the newspaper said the look at business dealings could be new.

In another tweet, Trump called it "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

On June 15, officials disclosed that the DOJ probe was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

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

This statement is in keeping with the Trump administration's general approach to the crisis, which is to redirect focus on the anonymous leakers rather than on the accusations themselves.

Kushner is President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a government official. Comey confirmed that in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week. Comey did not name the dissenter, but The Washington Post has learned it was FBI General Counsel James Baker.

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

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"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said..