Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USA investigator Mueller probing Kushner's contacts with Israelis

USA investigator Mueller probing Kushner's contacts with Israelis

White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner arrives to address Congressional interns at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 31, 2017 in Washington, DC.

President Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner told an executive from CNN's parent company earlier this year that the news organization should fire 20 percent of its staff over its coverage of the 2016 election, according to a new report.

After Manafort and Gates were indicted, the president reportedly expressed his frustration at decisions taken with the advice of Kushner-including the dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey-that resulted in the appointment of Mueller.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller's team is probing Kushner's involvement in the controversy surrounding a United Nations resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

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Mueller's team has reportedly questioned witnesses about some of Kushner's conversations and meetings with foreign leaders during the transition, when he famously hosted former Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump Tower and asked whether it would be possible to set up a backchannel line of communication to Moscow. The New York Times reported earlier this year that Netanyahu had slept in Kushner's bedroom when staying by the family during a trip to the United States years earlier and that the two were friendly.

Kushner told Time Warner executive Gary Ginsberg that CNN should fire the employees because they were so wrong in their analysis of how the election would turn out, reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. His lawyer, Abbe Lowell, downplayed Kushner's involvement.

Jared Kushner is not only Trump's son in law but most of the key pieces of the Russian Federation investigation trace back to him. Millian most recently headed a group called the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Kushner and Trump's former chief adviser Steve Bannon were both involved in Israeli officials' outreach to Trump's administration regarding the resolution. Kushner was present at Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians. Kushner was the only one at the meeting who now holds a White House job. "I made my views known".

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