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Special counsel Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's finances

20 June 2017

"Nice", Trump said on Twitter Thursday morning.

The development comes a day after the daily reported that Mueller had extended his probe into determining whether the President tried to obstruct justice by suggesting to top intelligence and law enforcement officials that they end the Russian Federation investigation.

"It would be a catastrophic mistake, but he doesn't have the authority to do it", Republican senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters.

The lawyer, Richard Cullen, is a former Virginia attorney general and a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.

The former director of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, is scheduled to appear June 21 in an open session before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, which is looking into Russian activity during the 2016 USA election campaign.

Trump fired Comey last month, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling.

Tensions escalated with Mueller's latest moves.

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The Post reports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, as part of the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to officials familiar with the matter. The paper cited unidentified officials familiar with the matter.

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.

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", he added.

Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to represent him in the multiple inquiries.

Bannon was said to be bragging to journalists about dirt he had on Kushner regarding contacts with a Russian bank. Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.

"We do not know what this report refers to".

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A week after Comey's firing, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the probe. "It will be a closed hearing", Adam Schiff of California, the panel's top Democrat, told reporters.

Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for leaking information, which he says is "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The Washington Post reported Mueller's probe into Kushner's financial transactions Thursday.

The Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here". Flynn was forced to resign for misleading administration officials about his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador.

Mueller's spokesman said the team, which is still being assembled, has begun its investigation and interviews. Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation.

"That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let's let him do his job", former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News. He cited the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation inquiry, and his deputy Rosenstein. "And so that was his view throughout", Comey said.

"Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey knowing there was no good time to do it", Trump told Lester Holt of NBC News in an interview broadcast 11 May.

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This has always seemed very plausible to me, that Kushner was trying to use his position of influence with Trump to make a quid pro quo - I'll help get the sanctions lifted if you agree to finance our troubled real estate holdings. He called the White House's reason for his dismissal "lies, plain and simple".