US Vice President Pence hires his own lawyer for Russian Federation probes

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Now, according to The Washington Post, special counsel Robert Mueller is also looking into the Kushner's business dealings. Gorkov was trained by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB.

At the December meeting with Kislyak, Kushner suggested establishing a secure communications line between Trump officials and the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to US officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, an attorney for Kushner, said in response.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently beefed up his investigative team to include 13 new attorneys just as news reports indicated the scope of the Russian Federation investigation was expanding.

The White House has said that Kushner's subsequent meeting with Sergey Gorkov, CEO of Russia's state-owned Vnesheconombank, was unrelated to business matters.

"Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".

"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. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this story, but said "that the Special Counsel's Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct".

Kushner is expected to be the latest high-profile member of Trump's administration to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee, though no date has been selected yet.

The media claimed on Wednesday that the special prosecutor has expanded the investigation to determine whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. A Reuters report said the meeting could have concerned lifting United States sanctions against Russian Federation.

On June 15, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein released a statement urging Americans to treat anonymously sourced news stories about the DOJ probe with caution.

"This ain't good", he headlined the email, which went on to discuss the impressive talents of Mueller hires Michael Dreeben, Andrew Weissmann, James Quarles, Jeannie Rhee, and Aaron Zebley.

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