Jared Kushner focus of Mueller questions

Jared Kushner focus of Mueller questions

Jared Kushner focus of Mueller questions

During the 2016 Trump presidential campaign, Kushner helped develop and run Trump's digital media strategy.

Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman wrote that Trump told former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon that he blamed Kushner "for his role in the decisions, specifically the firings of" Flynn and Comey. The documents are similar to the ones Kushner gave to congressional investigators, they added.

CNN correspondent Pamela Brown also told Tapper that "some sources" said that Kushner "was a driver in the decision, that he was encouraging the decision" to fire Comey. Coal industry advocate tapped for mining regulator Bipartisan groups call on DOJ to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE rejected an idea from campaign aide George Papadopolous to set up a meeting with Russian officials during the campaign. "Trump wants to be critical of Mueller", one person who's been briefed on Trump's thinking says.

A lawyer for Kushner did not comment.

It is possible that the Vanity Fair story was planted by Bannon or Stone, in order to deflect from their responsibility for the Russian Federation scandal, .

Sam Nunberg, who works under Stone and briefly worked for Trump's campaign, then criticized Kushner on the record.

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As it turns out, the couple aren't well liked in Washington D.C., according to a Vanity Fair report from August that illuminated the extent to which people in their adopted hometown and in the White House view them as a feared and vindictive duo who are essentially powerless but who clueless about that reality. Firing Mueller would reveal his own guilt and that fact has made the President a spectator as the investigation continues to escalate.

A 12-count indictment handed down Monday also includes a number of counts against Manafort's former business partner and protégé Rick Gates, who was ousted from the pro-Trump group America First Policies in April. Both men pleaded not guilty.

On Monday, the special counsel investigation entered a new phase when Mueller's team issued its first indictments, targeting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for tax fraud and money laundering.

The FBI is looking into possible obstruction of justice in the termination of Comey, who led the Russian Federation probe before Mueller took over.

Kushner was also under scrutiny for meetings with Russia's ambassador to the US and a Russian banker, and for failing to list hundreds of meetings with foreign contacts on his security clearance forms, which he blamed on an assistant.

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