Jared Kushner Turns Over Documents to Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Saturday, 04 Nov, 2017

Citing a source briefed on a Tuesday call between Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reported that Trump blamed Kushner "for his role in decisions, specifically the firings" of Michael Flynn as White House national security adviser and Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Presidential son-in-law and White House advisor Jared Kushner has recently supplied special counsel Robert Mueller with documents his investigators seek in their probe of Russian election meddling.

Trump's apparent rage over the inquiry has provoked speculation that the president might seek to abort the investigation by firing Mueller or pardoning Manafort. The president's son-in-law is not a subject of the ongoing investigation, the report added.

Special counsel Robert Mueller announced the 12 charges against the two, the first against any close former Trump aides stemming from a federal probe into possible collusion in Russia's effort to tilt the USA presidential election in Trump's favor.

White House sources, however, have indicated that Mr Kushner is not a target of the investigation.

The 36-year-old voluntarily turned over documents from the campaign and from the transition, which were similar to ones he had given congressional investigators earlier this year. But by securing indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and a surprise guilty plea from foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Mueller announced loudly that the Russian Federation investigation poses an existential threat to the president.

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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. He was also among three top Trump campaign officials who attended an infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Kremlin-backed lawyer.

The White House did not respond to Vanity Fair's request for comment.

From the outset of his father-in-law's presidential campaign, Kushner was the architect of Trump's digital, online, and social media campaigns, enlisting talent from Silicon Valley to run a 100-person social-media team dubbed "Project Alamo".

Kushner was forced to resubmit security clearance forms several times because he repeatedly failed to disclose foreign contacts and he caused a flap by using a private email account to discuss some government business while working in the White House. Trump fired Comey in May.

CNN's report came one day after Vanity Fair reported that Trump was becoming frustrated with Kushner. 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.