WASHINGTON — President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, met this month with investigators working for Robert S. Mueller III, the particular counsel, and answered questions on a gathering with a Russian ambassador throughout the presidential transition, based on an individual briefed on the investigation.
The questions centered on a gathering in December between Mr. Kushner, the ambassador and Michael T. Flynn, who on the time was the president’s incoming nationwide safety adviser, the particular person stated on Wednesday.
Prosecutors additionally requested Mr. Kushner about different interactions between Mr. Flynn and the Russian authorities, the particular person briefed on the investigation stated. Mr. Flynn was fired in February after deceptive Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations throughout the transition with Sergey I. Kislyak, who was then the Russian ambassador to the US.
Reached for touch upon Wednesday evening, Mr. Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell, stated, “Mr. Kushner has voluntarily cooperated with all related inquiries and can proceed to take action.” The particular counsel’s interview of Mr. Kushner was first reported by CNN.
Mr. Mueller is investigating whether or not anybody round Mr. Trump labored with Russian officers to attempt to affect the presidential election. His prosecutors have interviewed many White Home officers. The White Home has stated that Mr. Trump expects everybody to cooperate.
The interview doesn’t imply Mr. Kushner is a selected focus of the investigation. Protection legal professionals usually don’t enable such interviews in the event that they consider that their shoppers are the goal of an investigation.
The interview with Mr. Kushner would have been necessary to Mr. Mueller, who’s constructing a case towards Mr. Flynn. A grand jury in Washington has subpoenaed paperwork and testimony from these round Mr. Flynn. Prosecutors are investigating his enterprise offers, his international lobbying and whether or not he lied on authorities kinds.
Mr. Flynn not too long ago reduce ties with Mr. Trump’s authorized workforce, an indication that he was contemplating cooperating with the federal government.
The December assembly at Trump Tower was meant to “set up a line of communication” between the brand new administration and the Russian authorities, the White Home has stated. Mr. Flynn was the presidential transition workforce’s main interlocutor with Mr. Kislyak. Mr. Kushner coordinated the transition workforce’s international contacts.
At that assembly, the boys mentioned establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump workforce and Moscow to debate technique in Syria and different coverage points. The thought was to have Mr. Flynn converse with a senior navy official in Moscow, however the channel was by no means arrange.
The particular counsel’s interview of Mr. Kushner lasted lower than an hour and didn’t contact on the vary of matters Mr. Mueller is investigating. That leaves open the likelihood that Mr. Kushner may very well be interviewed once more.
Ty Cobb, a White Home lawyer, has stated that Mr. Flynn has no info to offer prosecutors that may damage the president. And Mr. Trump’s private legal professionals have sought to minimize information of Mr. Flynn’s potential cooperation.