There have been a major focus on the Rusia Investigation by the FBI on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters.
The FBI’s focus on Kushner does not necessarily mean he is suspected of a crime, nor is he considered a subject of the bureau’s wider Russia probe, like former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a banker from Moscow, is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians.
Washington Post reported last week that a senior White House official close to the president was a significant focus of the high-stakes investigation, though it did not name Kushner as at the time of the report.
FBI agents also remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe.
The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
“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,” said Jamie Gorelick, one of his attorneys.
Investigators are also looking broadly into possible financial crimes — but the people familiar with the matter, who were not authorized to speak publicly, did not specify who or what was being examined.