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Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

19 June 2017, 02:59 | Opal Carroll

Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

Mueller investigating Jared Kushner's business dealings

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but he appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the US Justice Department's No. 2 official.

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation.

However, just days later ABC news reported Rosenstein has said in private he might need to recuse himself, citing a memo he wrote to the President, which was later used in Trump's justification for firing Comey.

He is the department's lead official on the issue after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any issues linked to the Russian Federation probe. When Comey was deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, he appointed a close friend and former colleague, Patrick Fitzgerald, as special counsel to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer.

Comey was reportedly fired because despite Trump asking him to drop the Russian probe of Flynn, the FBI director still moved forward with the investigation. The inquiries have yet to show evidence of collusion.

Mueller's probe recently expanded to include obstruction of justice charges against Trump, possible financial crimes of the president's associates and Kushner's business dealings.

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INSKEEP: OK. And do you have any idea what is driving the president's messaging here, which seems very much at odds with, I don't know, a day ago or so when people were calling for bipartisan unity after a shooting? Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told US lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

But, after the news came out, there was speculation that Trump could be planning to fire Mueller from his post as special counsel. Two months later, at Trump's urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

Pence had taken over the transition team from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".

The special counsel is also set to meet with a leading Republican and the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee as Mueller and lawmakers seek to avoid conflicts over their parallel investigations. Grassley said Comey's dismissal and Comey's testimony on Lynch should be looked at together, noting that Comey "took the opportunity in his testimony to clear his own name by denouncing as false the administration's claims that the FBI rank-and-file had lost confidence in Mr. Comey's leadership in the wake of the Clinton email investigation". "Nice", he tweeted overnight.

Trump blasted Mueller on Twitter on Thursday, saying the Russian Federation probe was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people", apparently referring to the special counsel.



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