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Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances, Washington Post reports

19 Juin 2017

Regarding this latest lie du jour, Trump committed obstruction of justice, your headline might be, "Comey admits under oath that President Trump did not obstruct the Russian investigation". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.

And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

Rosenstein was the author of the memo that made the case for Comey's firing, and now leads the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller should be given a chance in the Russian Federation investigation but it's likely he won't find anything, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Friday.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports that he is under criminal investigation Thursday, deriding a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

The former speaker said Trump called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns.

Carr spokesman Peter Carr says the investigatory panel has 'stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures that deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct'. All week, some of Trump's most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.

Trump, who on Friday confirmed he's being investigated by the Special Counsel, has dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt".

Sessions on Tuesday told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that Comey was wrong to have leaked the Flynn memorandum.

The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Mueller's team is also focusing on the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and the panel's ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, have been hammering out an agreement for the scope of their investigation, which is beginning to take shape.

The first is into whether anyone on Trump's campaign or associated with it, with him or with any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.

"The Rosenstein statement suggests there must be a heck of a Trump story coming based on alleged information from anonymous foreign officials", tweeted conservative commentator Bill Kristol.

That news appears to have infuriated the president, who also lashed out at the media on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba. Trump initially used that memo along with a recommendation from Sessions to justify firing Comey.

Investigators in Mueller's office are set to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN. Politico reports that Trump's legal team has retained "John Dowd, who investigated Pete Rose for Major League Baseball and represented John McCain during the Keating Five Scandal, among other high-profile clients".

Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances, Washington Post reports