In addition to Russian election meddling, the special counsel's probe is now looking into financing efforts that President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner undertook on behalf of his family company during the presidential transition, according to a report.
It "now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition", CNN wrote. Russian Federation already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser.
The revelation, confirmed to CNN by several sources familiar with the matter, marks the first indication that Mueller is interested in Kushner's communications with both Russian and nonRussian actors.
The investigation was previously said to have only focused on the Russian Federation contacts of President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, only with the campaign's data analytics and Mr Kushner's ties with disgraced ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn.
A week after Trump's election, Kushner met with the chairman and other executives of Anbang Insurance, the Chinese conglomerate that also owns the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, according to The New York Times.
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CNN said Mr Mueller's investigators have yet to contact Kushner Companies or request interviews with its executives, and the reasons behind the focus on the outreach to foreign investors are unclear. Lieu said Kushner declined to answer.
Kushner reportedly met with Mueller's team last November.
In January 2017, Kushner divested from the property, which is more than $1.4 billion in debt.
The investigators have also asked about his dealings with a Qatari investor - The Intercept had earlier reported Kushner had unsuccessful talks about 666 Fifth Avenue with former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani. Flynn pleaded guilty shortly after to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.