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. Mueller brought Jeannie Rhee, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles from his old firm WilmerHale. On Thursday, the Post reported that Vice President Mike Pence has retained outside counsel to help him weather whatever storm might come his way. Even though only five of the 13 have been identified so far, three of them - Rhee, Quarles, and Weissman - lean heavily to the Democrat side.
Attorney Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, asserted that they would cooperate with the Mueller probe.
Robert Mueller, appointed as special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, is scrutinizing Jared Kushner's "finances and business dealings, "The Washington Post reported Thursday citing unnamed "officials familiar with the matter".
The Washington Post first reported that Trump was being investigated for obstructing justice. Comey testified that the member of his leadership team said that although it was true at the moment that Trump was not under investigation, it was possible that could change.
However, Mueller's investigation is in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear whether criminal charges will be brought when it is complete, United States officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Thursday.
Definitely, it is the prerogative powers of Mueller to determine if there is ample evidence to recommend pressing charges on any part of the probe. A Reuters report said the meeting could have concerned lifting U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation.
"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote on Twitter. "Nice", the president tweeted just before 4 a.m.
In another tweet, Trump called it "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Scarborough said to Mark Halperin, before giving his answer to the question: "If Bannon had the information, Bannon leaked that story".
Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.
News accounts this week said Trump was considering firing Mueller from his special counsel role, but the White House eventually said he does not plan to. Mueller's investigation now encompasses the president's firing of Comey, the Russian government's role during the election, whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials and alleged financial crimes committed by Trump associates.