Not only is Special Counsel Robert Mueller looking at obstruction of justice charges for Trump, he’s also investigating Jared Kushner’s finances, probably as a potential explanation for that secret backchannel to Putin he tried to establish.
Summary: A legal team of 13 has been gathered so far to investigate any ties Russian Federation had to the presidential election.
The officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.
According to a report by CNN Friday, those hired by Mueller are seasoned attorneys and experts, including James Quarles and Jeannie Rhee, who both worked at Mueller’s old firm, WilmerHale. 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.
Trump on Thursday lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as “very bad and conflicted people”, responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. “It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia“, Gorelick told the Washington Post.
Starr also touched on some people’s frustrations following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent testimony – and his refusal to repeat conversations with Trump – in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.
Federal investigators are looking into meetings Kushner held in December with Russia’s ambassador and a banker from Moscow, CBS News previously reported. When asked by a Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter if he made a threat to quit, Rosenstein responded, “No, I’m not quitting”. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of USA sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has said the session was held for business reasons because of Kushner’s role as head of his family’s real estate company.
In a series of statements on Twitter Thursday, Trump called Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign a “WITCH HUNT” based on the “phony” premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.
Baker is reportedly the official who Comey was referring to.
Comey said he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of the president’s former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread “lies, plain and simple” to cover up the reason for his dismissal. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”, he said.
Mueller’s team of killers vs. Trump’s amateurs?