Kushner Becomes Focus of Special Counsel Investigation, Turns over Documents

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has turned over documents to Special Counsel Robert Mueller as investigators have begun interrogations about the senior advisor's role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the media reported.

The 36-year-old voluntarily turned over documents from the campaign and from the transition, which were similar to ones he had given congressional investigators earlier this year.

Citing a source briefed on a Tuesday call between Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reported that Trump blamed Kushner "for his role in decisions, specifically the firings" of Michael Flynn as White House national security adviser and Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The group concludes by calling for greater scrutiny of Bannon and his contacts with Trump since leaving the White House.

According to CNN, the questions about Kushner could mean that Mueller's investigation has reached into Trump's inner circle and has now gone beyond the 2016 campaign involvement.

Mueller's investigators have been asking in witness interviews about Kushner's role in Comey's firing, sources told CNN.

Trump fired Comey in May, leading Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election.

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President Donald Trump believes his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is giving him bad advice, according to a Vanity Fair report.

According to two sources, Trump has complained to advisers about his legal team for letting the Mueller probe progress this far. It is not clear how Kushner's advice to the President might relate to the overall Russian Federation investigation or potential obstruction of justice.

CNN's report came one day after Vanity Fair reported that Trump was becoming frustrated with Kushner.

"Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history", he said.

The news comes after a dramatic week in which Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort, and Manfort's business partner Rick Gates, were indicted on 12 counts including money laundering. The former advisor added, " I would say [Kushner] should go back to real estate in NY.

  • Megan Austin