Thursday, May 25, 2017

Officials Confirm Jared Kushner Is Now A Focus Of The Trump/Russia Probe

Multiple U.S. officials have reported to the media that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and perhaps his most valued adviser, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation,

The same officials have stated that investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry.

The significance of the FBI's focusing on Kushner means that the counterintelligence and criminal investigation is not only looking at people who work at the White House but now at the Trump family as well.

Officials at this point insist that Kushner falls into a different category than that of former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who are formally considered "subjects" of the investigation and have had subpoenas served to them by a grand jury.

FACT CHECK: The Justice Department's U.S. Attorneys' Manual, "A 'subject' of an investigation is a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury's investigation."

It is not yet been made clear which of Kushner's activities has drawn the FBI's interest as it investigates whether Trump associates coordinated with the Russian campaign to interfere in the election.

What is known is that Kushner met at least once in December with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov. Gorkov is chairman of VneshEconomBank, a Russian government-owned institution that has been under U.S. sanctions since July 2014 and studied at the training school for the FSB, the Russian equivalent to the the our countries CIA.

As Congressional aides have made it clear they would like to question Kushner about that meeting Kushner has acknowledged that he would voluntarily appear before the Senate intelligence committee when asked to do so.

As of tonight it is believed that Kushner has not received any records requests from federal investigators.

The net widens and the noose tightens.

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