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Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators

Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators Lawyer says Kushner willing to cooperate with investigators
Christy Curtis | 27 May, 2017, 02:54

Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress on Tuesday that he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the USA presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in the Trump campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on it.

In a letter to Republican committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, the FBI's assistant director for congressional affairs, Gregory Brower, on Thursday said the agency can not turn over the memo until it consults with Robert Mueller, the newly appointed special counsel heading the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, Efe news reported.

Focussing on Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, brings the investigation "not only on to the doorstep of the White House, but the Trump family circle", writes NBC.

US congressional committees and a special counsel named by the Justice Department this month are investigating whether there was Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and the possibility of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. The FBI's investigation is now being overseen by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director.

Warner, a Virginia Democrat, also told Bash that if reports that Trump asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russian Federation are true, Trump's requests would be "outrageous".

"We would like him to tell his story because he publicly said: 'I've got a story to tell.' We're allowing him that opportunity to tell it", said Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina.

The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials.

As a result, Comey acted unilaterally last summer to publicly declare the investigation over - without consulting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch - while at the same time stating that Clinton had been "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", Jamie Gorelick, one of his attorneys, told the Post.

Flynn, who was sacked as national security adviser in February after he misled administration officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the USA, earlier this week rejected a Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena for records of his communications with Russian officials, asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dismissed from Trump's campaign, the newspaper reported.

Committee leaders are directing the new subpoenas at his businesses, believing they can't plead the Fifth.

"The Fifth Amendment right not to provide materials or documents is limited", Schiff said at a breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor in Washington.

The Post story cited anonymous "people familiar with the investigation" to say the FBI investigation does not mean that Kushner is suspected of a crime.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said it is issuing new subpoenas for documents from two Virginia-based business entities controlled by Michael Flynn.

Flynn was pushed out of the White House after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level U.S. officials during the 2016 campaign.

In late July of previous year there was so much concern that he convened a group of officials from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency to focus on it exclusively.

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