U.S. President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice, will also be probing Kushner’s business dealings and finances.
The Washington Post was first to break the news of the investigation on Thursday.
Kushner has reportedly attended meetings with the head of a Russian state-owned bank. His lawyers say he will cooperate with investigators.
Trump reacted to news of the Special Counsel investigation on Twitter, stating: “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.”
An hour later, the president took to Twitter again, tweeting: “You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA”
Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz, blamed the FBI for leaking information, which he says is “outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.”
Mueller, according to reports, is planning to interview key important national security officials about Trump’s alleged comments about ending the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s reported ties to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
Those familiar with the matter say Mueller will likely interview NSA (National Security Agency) Director Michael Rogers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.
Flynn was fired after it was learned that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Ambassador Kislyak. Trump also fired James Comey, former FBI Director, in May. Comey was leading the investigation into Russia.
A week after Comey’s firing, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the probe.
Comey testified before the Senate last week, and stated that Trump spoke with him privately on several occasions in person and over the telephone.
The former FBI Director said he believed that the president was attempting to get him to drop the investigation into Flynn. He called the White House’s reason for his dismissal “lies, plain and simple.”