FBI Scrutinizing Jared Kushner in Russia Probe
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is being scrutinized by investigators for his connections with Russian officials. The investigation is part of the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign staff and Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.
Along with Kushner, investigators are also focusing their investigation on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign staff including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Carter Page. Flynn invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to turn over documents requested by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Senator Richard Burr has acknowledged the possibility of holding Flynn in contempt for his refusal.
Last week, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russia investigation after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Investigators believe Kushner could shed some light, but they do not consider him of a crime. It’s unclear whether Jared Kushner has received any record requests by federal investigators.
Kushner’s lawyer spoke to NBC News, confirmed that Kushner had volunteered to tell Congress what he knows about his meetings with Russian officials. Kushner met with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov whose bank was slapped with U.S. sanctions in July 2014. It was discovered that Gorkov studied at Russia’s intelligence services’ training school.
Jared Kushner ran the Trump campaign’s data analytics operation, which helped the campaign figure out where President Trump’s message was resonating across the country, and places where it appeared he would be wasting time and money. The FBI is collecting data on computer programs and bots that helped push negative information on Clinton and positive information on Donald Trump through social media outlets such as Facebook.
The FBI has begun looking into Kushner because of him leading the president’s transition foreign policy efforts. Once Governor Chris Christie left the campaign, Kushner became the leader. It’s still unclear how Mr. Mueller will proceed with the investigation, when there is not much proof to the allegations made against the Trump campaign.