Mueller Hires 13 Attorneys to Join Russia Probe

Rod Rosenstein

The statement came a day after the Washington Post reported on the investigation by Robert Mueller, the special counsel to FBI's Russian investigation, into the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide, Jared Kushner, as a part of the Russia election probe.

White House adviser Jared Kushner's finances and businesses have reportedly become a subject of interest in the Department of Justice (DOJ) probe into Russia's role during the 2016 election.

Since his appointment on May 17, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has recruited a high-powered team of lawyers, investigators and prosecutors with deep expertise in areas ranging from financial fraud to constitutional law.

On Wednesday, the Post reported that Mueller, the special counsel, who was appointed after the firing of FBI director James Comey, is now looking at whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow by leaning on Comey to drop the probe.

Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, issued a statement reading, "We do not know what this report refers to".

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russia investigation into questions of Russian interference in last year's U.S. election. Kushner is believed to have asked Kislyak about setting up a secure communications back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. Find us on Facebook too!

Kushner has given no public comments on these matters, preferring to let attorneys speak for him. Comey confirmed that in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

The report comes as the investigation closes in on other members of Trump's inner-most circle. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

Those matters include whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation and whether any crimes were committed. Comey did not name the dissenter, but The Washington Post has learned it was FBI General Counsel James Baker. "I look at this team and think this is a joke!" the lawyer said.

"His view was still that it. could be misleading, because the nature of the investigation was such that it might well touch - obviously, it would touch the campaign, and the person at the head of the campaign would be the candidate".

After the statement was released, former Attorney Preet Bharara, who was sacked by Trump recently, lashed out at the administration.

Comey told lawmakers he gave notes he had taken after that meeting and his other eight meetings or phone calls he had with Trump to Mueller.

Mueller's team has requested for information and will discuss with National Intelligence Director Dan Coates and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials. Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.



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