Jared Kushner's business dealings being investigated, Washington Post reports

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"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough thinks White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Preibus are driving some of the leaks that are damaging Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing the business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election, the media reported.

Kushner is also close to former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who was sacked by Trump in February after he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the contents and nature of his communications with Kislyak.

Kushner's contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank, have also reportedly been part of the probe, but the newspaper said the look at business dealings could be new.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, said in a statement to CNN.

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. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", he added. His lawyers say he will cooperate with investigators.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The special counsel is also set to meet with a leading Republican and the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee as Mueller and lawmakers seek to avoid conflicts over their parallel investigations.

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That news was also reported by the Washington Post. She noted that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller, told senators this week that only he could dismiss the special counsel. Comey was leading the investigation into Russian Federation. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month, citing the Russian Federation investigation as the reason.

"And so he was reluctant to make the statement that I made", Comey said.

But Comey suggested he expected Mueller would look into whether Trump's efforts to intervene in the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry amounted to obstruction of justice.

Baker's views didn't change, even as Comey told Trump a second and third time that he was not being investigated.

But days later, Trump said in an NBC interview that he had chose to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it.

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 first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

"That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let's let him do his job", former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News.

This has always seemed very plausible to me, that Kushner was trying to use his position of influence with Trump to make a quid pro quo - I'll help get the sanctions lifted if you agree to finance our troubled real estate holdings.

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