Trump son-in-law Kushner under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny in Russian Federation probe: media reports

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2017

Former president Barack Obama previous year accused the Kremlin of attempting to subvert the election by releasing hacked emails from Democratic Party officials to embarrass Hillary Clinton.Sources told the New York Times that information had reached the CIA that Russian intelligence and political officials had been discussing how and when to release the emails to best affect the outcome of the election.

The U.S. officials told NBC News that Kushner is in a different category than Flynn and former Trump aide Paul Manafort, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation.

Another Comey memo, reported last week by the Times, shows President Donald Trump met privately with the FBI director on February 14 and asked him to end his investigation of Flynn, whose own contacts with Russian Federation had prompted the acting attorney general to warn the White House he had been compromised.

Separately, ABC News reported that Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, would testify June 6 before the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. "He hasn't been approached".

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, told CNN.

USA TODAY reported last week that a current White House official had drawn the scrutiny of federal investigators, but the individual was not identified. Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman but left the campaign in August.

Kushner, whose family's real estate empire is worth $1.8 billion, according to Forbes, wields significant power in the White House.

Schiff said the House panel had invited its first group of witnesses to testify, it is obtaining documents, and assessing who will cooperate voluntarily, and who will have to be subpoenaed.

Brennan said he often shared classified information with Russian officials - as President Trump reportedly did recently in the Oval Office.

However, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, saying in a dismissal letter that he wasn't capable of effectively leading the bureau.

A CIA spokesperson declined to comment when asked if CIA Director Mike Pompeo was also asked by Trump to push back against an FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.

The Comey memo revealed last week sent "sustained panic" through the White House and Trump's inner circle, one official told The Daily Beast.

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