HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly now investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, according to a report Thursday night from the Washington Post.

Carson was asked if he believed Mueller could be fair following the President's tweets calling the probe into alleged collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation "a witch hunt". The banker, Sergey Gorkov, is the head of VEB Bank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of USA government sanctions.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to USA officials briefed on the probe.

Previously, it was reported that Kushner worked to establish a secret channel of communication between Moscow and the Trump team during the post-election transition phase.

Special counsel #Robert Mueller has added 13 lawyers to his panel to undertake the Russian Federation probe. Other probes of Russia's election interference are being carried out in Congress. Kushner's lawyers say he will cooperate with investigators.

Kushner attorney Jamie Gorelick pushed back on the report in a statement Thursday evening.

The tweets potentially could put the president into deeper legal peril.

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Special Counsel Mueller likely "will be archiving these various Twitter rants as supplemental evidence" for the obstruction investigation, Moss, who also is deputy executive director of the James Madison Project, told VOA. Trump said in a tweet.

USA officials familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post about its financial focus Thursday.

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. They are also looking into whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Starr investigated former President Bill Clinton in the late 1990's.

The White House confirmed on Thursday that Mueller was interviewed - presumably about again running the Federal Bureau of Investigation - the day before he was named as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.

As counter-programming to the Russian Federation narrative consuming the White House, Jared Kushner's Office of American Innovation has been talking up "Infrastructure Week" and "Workforce Week" to generate some momentum on bipartisan issues that might put some points on the scoreboard for his father-in-law and boss, President Donald Trump.

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