FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, brings the sprawling probe into Russia's role during and after last year's campaign into the heart of the White House.

Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Flynn was pushed out of the White House in February after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

"Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with congress what he knows about these meetings". "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". It is known that Kushner previously had met with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, whose bank was slapped with US sanctions in July 2014, and it has been learned that Gorkov studied at Russia's intelligence services' training school.

Current and former officials have said that Comey relied on the document in making his July decision to announce on his own, without Justice Department involvement, that the investigation was over.

Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly had knowledge that a critical piece of evidence relating to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server was forged by Russian Federation. The White House did not indicate when the new disclosure would be released.

The FBI began looking into Kushner because of his prominent leadership role in the president's transition team's foreign policy efforts.

Michael Flynn, who would become Trump's national security adviser before being fired 24 days into the job, was also at the meeting.

The FBI has collected data on computer bots, programs that perform repetitive functions like searches, allegedly linked to Russian Federation that helped target and push negative information on Hillary Clinton and positive information on Donald Trump through Facebook and other social media, the officials say.

"They generally discussed the [U.S. -Russia] relationship, and it made sense to establish a line of communication", White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement in March after the meeting was first publicly disclosed. Flynn was also present at the early-December meeting, and later that month, Flynn held a call with Kislyak to discuss US -imposed sanctions against Russian Federation.

It is common for senior advisers of a newly elected president to be in contact with foreign leaders and officials.

"General Flynn certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it", his lawyer has said.

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arriving at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. Lewandowski, who has been seen in the White House recently, could join the administration as early as next week, a source close to him said.

The contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials during the presidential campaign coincided with what United States intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House and damage his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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