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Kushner Gave Mueller Documents From Campaign, Transition
February 22 2018, 04:27 | Irvin Gilbert
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Vanity Fair is reporting that Trump, when speaking on the phone to former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, pointed a finger at Kushner and blamed him for decisions like firing National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey.
According to the article, Trump blames Kushner for decisions that have led to a probe into connections between his campaign and Russia, among them the firing of his first national security adviser, Mike Flynn, for not revealing the extent of his ties with Russian officials; and the firing of James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who said he was investigating the ties.
A report from Vanity Fair suggests that Trump wasn't rattled by Mueller's takedown of former campaign manager Paul Manafort, but took issue with the fact that George Papadopoulos had struck a plea deal - and possibly wore a wire for the past several weeks. Separately, Trump official George Papadopoulos agreed to a plea deal, admitting he lied to FBI investigators.
Mr Nunberg said: "Here's what Manafort's indictment tells me: Mueller is going to go over every financial dealing of Jared Kushner and the Trump Organisation".
"So broad is the president's pardon power that he can pardon a person for past actions, even if that individual has not yet been charged", says NPR.
A White House official said the Mueller team's questions about Kushner are not a surprise, and that Kushner would be among a list of people who investigators would be asking about.
Kushner was at a June 2016 meeting set up by Donald Trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer and former Soviet Army counter intelligence officer at Trump Tower.
The question of whether - or just how much - Kushner influenced the President's decision to fire Comey is a matter of dispute among those in Trump's orbit.
Two separate sources told CNN that investigators have asked other witnesses about Kushner's role in firing Comey. Another possibility, they warn, is that Bannon could be attempting to "hamper" Mueller's probe by delaying the White House's responses. "The walls are closing in", one senior Republican close to the White House told the "New York Post". Mr Kushner has been widely reported to have pushed Mr Trump to fire Mr Comey, starting a chain of events which finally led to the Russian Federation probe. Both pleaded not guilty.
A 12-count indictment handed down Monday also includes a number of counts against Manafort's former business partner and protégé Rick Gates, who was ousted from the pro-Trump group America First Policies in April.