By David Vandygriff
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating the business and financial dealings of the Trump’s Son-In-Law Jared Kushner, as part of the on going probe into Russia’s interference in the Presidential 2016 Elections, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post had earlier reported that investigators were scrutinizing meetings that Kushner held with Russians in December — first with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank. At the time of that report, it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner’s business dealings.
It has been reported that a meeting between Jared Kushner and Kislyak in December, Kushner suggested the establishing within the Russian diplomatic facility a secure communications line between the Kremlin and Trump according to officials that reviewed intelligence reports.
“We do not know what this report refers to,” Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner, said in an email. “It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
The FBI probe into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election had reportedly turned its focus on Jared Kushner. Kushner--President Trump's son-in-law and close aide who recently orchestrated the President's trips to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Rome--is credited with spearheading both the Trump campaign and the data analytics program that delivered the White House. CNN reports the FBI is now looking into that data and analytics operation, as well as Kushner's meetings with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and the head of a Kremlin-affiliated bank, Sergey Gorkov. Kushner has been named a subject of any investigation, but has he been accused of any crime or wrongdoing.
Forbes conducted an interview with Kushner after the election win, below are some comments not previously published by Forbes on the Trump campaign and its data strategy:
Steve Bannon, a former senior executive of Cambridge Analytica, a data analysis firm in which Hedge Fund & Citizens United advocate Robert Mercer owns the largest stake. The firm, a U.S. subsidiary of a British company, is credited with playing a key role in Trump’s victory by providing his campaign with electronic dossiers shedding light on the views of 220 million Americans.
Mercer funded Bannon to produce hard-edged political films and a book attacking Hillary Clinton, Trump’s opponent in the presidential race. Mercer also invested millions of dollars to become majority owner of far-right Breitbart News with Bannon at the helm. The Mercers and Bannon helped to fuel conservatives’ anger over the IRS’s 2013 investigations challenging the tax-exempt status of right-leaning nonprofit groups, and Mercer funded a number of efforts calling for Koskinen’s impeachment.
Robert Mercer has a large case before the IRS for allegedly not paying millions in tax since 1999. Many assume that Mercer would love to see the IRS Commissioner removed.
So as any one can see the simply fact that Special Counsel is investigation Kushner one can assume that road may lead to Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer. Mercer funded the largest Trump PAC and with that came the appointment of Kelly Conway, Steve Bannon, and Michael Flynn.
Kushner as previously agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
h/t: Forbes, CNN & Washington Post