Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is actively investigating the finances and business dealings of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to multiple USA officials familiar with the matter.
Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.
On Friday, the president continued to mock the multiple investigations into Russian interference in the presidential election and possible ties between the Kremlin and Trump associates.
His comments follow revelations that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. After the statement, the Post updated the Kushner article so that its first sourcing reference was to "U.S. officials".
The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Mueller's team is also focusing on the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.
Even more than normal, there are now odd and troubling rumors being whispered behind the scenes in Washington, D.C., most of which involve potential new revelations in the Russian Federation scandal or fears that President Trump might soon take extreme action in the coming days to aggressively attack the special counsel investigations.
Allegations Kushner's finances are being studied as part of the investigation come after it was reported last month the team behind the probe were examining meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late previous year during the presidential transition.
President Donald Trump lashed out at his deputy attorney general Friday morning on Twitter.
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There is a third way for Trump to try to destroy the special prosecutor's investigation, which is to suggest that Mueller might also have to recuse himself.
Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over FBI Director James Comey.
On the record, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said: "As the Deputy Attorney General has said numerous times, if there comes a time when he needs to recuse, he will".
As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired.
"In the grand scheme of things, the severe civil rights abuses by Clinton-Obama-Comey regime carried out against myself and other supporters of the Trump campaign in their illegal attempts to influence the 2016 election will help clarify how irrelevant all these petty side-questions are", he said.
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'. He's also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation.
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The president also slammed the reports Thursday morning. He has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee.