Trump Is Reportedly Blaming Son-In-Law Kushner For Mueller Probe

Casey Dawson
November 4, 2017

President Donald Trump blames Jared Kushner for some of the decisions that led to special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, according to a report in Vanity Fair.

The questioning of Kushner's role in Comey's firing signals that Mueller has moved past the campaign and is looking at whether there was any obstruction of justice in firing the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who was then leading the Russian Federation probe.

The White House did not provide comment to Vanity Fair, but Trump later Wednesday called The New York Times to say he was not upset by the Mueller investigation.

Their questions about Kushner signal that Mueller's investigators are reaching the President's inner circle and have extended beyond the 2016 campaign to actions taken at the White House by high-level officials.

"Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russian Federation, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so", Mr. Kushner told reporters outside the White House at the time. Bannon for the first eight months of Trump's presidency was his top strategic adviser and reportedly clashed frequently with Kushner.

CNN said Kushner gave the documents at his own free will.

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The US president is reported to be blaming his son-in-law for certain decisions that led to Robert Mueller being appointed to investigate claims of Russian collusion in the 2016 election campaign.

Manafort, 68, and business partner Rick Gates, 45, both entered not guilty pleas in a Washington court after being read charges that they hid millions of dollars they earned working for former Ukrainian politician Viktor Yanukovych and his pro-Moscow political party.

When Trump spoke this week to Roger Stone, the longtime GOP political strategist who urged the president to run, the president didn't disagree when Stone told him Kushner had given him bad advice.

"Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history", Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign operative, told Vanity Fair.

According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. "I'm only saying publicly what everyone says behind the scenes at Fox News, in conservative media, and the Senate and Congress".

The investigators are also looking for potential obstruction of justice in Mr Comey's firing, sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

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