Mueller Hires 13 Attorneys to Join Russia Probe


The FBI's special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has turned its attention to President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to a report in The Washington Post.

CBS News confirmed late last month that Kushner is under scrutiny in the probe into Russian election meddling.

An attorney for Jared Kushner says she advised the president's son-in-law to review his legal team after her former law partner was appointed as special counsel.

At issue are two meetings he had in December, during the Trump administration's transition period: one with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, and the other with Sergey Gorkov, who runs a Russian state-owned bank and is close to Putin.

But for now, Gorelick continues to prep Kushner for his upcoming meeting with investigators from the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of its probe into collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, The Times reported.

Gorkov's state-owned bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) has been under USA sanctions since 2014.

These investigations are still in their early stages and it is uncertain whether any charges will ever be brought.

The Mueller panel is also investigating the alleged obstruction of justice by #President Trump, as reported by the Washington Post.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday.

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.

As the Post noted, Kushner is just the latest associate of the president to be under scrutiny for questionable business dealings with Russian Federation.

Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said. Trump said in a tweet. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

On June 8, Comey stated during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that one anonymous Federal Bureau of Investigation official was against informing Trump that he was not a person of interest in the Russian Federation probe.

According to the news accounts, neither Coats nor Rogers complied with Trump's requests.

Trump, however, referred to the Post's reporting as a "phony" story in a tweet Thursday.

"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", Comey said. He declined to comment on the disclosure.