Special Counsel Robert Mueller launched an investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia back in May. Since then, he and his team have already indicted four people – Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Manafort’s assistant Rick Gates, former White House foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, and former National Security Director Michael Flynn.
Papadopoulos and Flynn both pled guilty on the charge of lying to the FBI. Now the question is who might be the next focus of Mueller’s investigation. There has been speculation that Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner may be the next target. However, it looks as if Mueller is not the only one investigating him.
According to The Wall Street Journal:
‘The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the real-estate company run by the family of President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner for its use of a federal investment-for-visa program known as EB-5, according to people familiar with the matter.’
The EB-5 program provides green cards to immigrants who invest at least $500,000 in certain U.S. businesses. The Journal reported that the SEC subpoenaed Kushner’s business for how it used the program in May. There is already a probe out of the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office investigating Kushner Companies projects that were partially financed through the visa program. Now, the commission is working in conjunction with this office.
No one from the SEC or the U.S. attorneys office would comment to The Journal. Emily Wolff, a Kushner Companies spokesperson said in a previous statement:
‘Kushner Cos. utilized the program, fully complied with its rules and regulations, and did nothing improper. We are cooperating with legal requests for information.’
Kushner resigned from his real estate company last year in order to join the White House staff. In matters related to the Russia investigation, The Los Angeles Times reported:
‘The latest disclosure — that even before Trump took office Kushner directed campaign foreign policy advisor Michael Flynn to try to persuade Russia to quash a United Nations resolution — is one example of numerous Kushner contacts with Moscow and meetings with Russian intermediaries now under scrutiny by investigators for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.’
Democrats on both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees have said they want Kushner to answer new questions about his dealings with Russian officials and intermediaries from Moscow. Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank, the top Democrat of the House intelligence committee, said:
‘Mike Flynn wasn’t acting as a free agent. He was acting at the behest of very senior people close to the president or the president himself. If Mr. Kushner was involved in that, he’d have a lot to tell us that he hasn’t told us so far.’
According to The LA Times:
‘He has insisted that his initial failure to report his meetings with the Russians or any other foreigners on forms required for a government security clearance was not deliberate. He blamed an aide who he said had mistakenly submitted the form, known as an SF-86, before it was complete, and said that he later updated it.’
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