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Will Trump's Son-In-Law Be Indicted In Russian Probe?

President Trump’s son-in-law will face criminal charges in the Russian collusion investigation, according to Howard Dean.

The former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chairman made the prediction Sunday on MSNBC. “I expect there’s a good likelihood Jared Kushner will be indicted for money laundering,” he said. “And then we’re going to have to see how far this Russian business goes.”

Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is the husband of Ivanka Trump, who also works in the West Wing as an unpaid assistant to her father. The Huffington Post reported that Kushner has not fully revealed his contacts with a Russian businessman who allegedly helped finance the Kremlin’s meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election. The oligarch may have been involved in the spread of “fake news” in social media that harmed Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

A bank and the oil and gas firm Gazprom, each of which Russia’s government controls, invested large amounts of money in Facebook and Twitter. The money passed from the Kremlin through Russian tech mogul Yuri Milner, according to leaked documents that the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released Sunday. The Guardian reported that Milner also funded a New York City business that Kushner and his brother own. The president's son-in-law did not disclose the financial arrangement when he became a White House aide.

Alexander Vershbow, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, said Milner is known for financing “pet political projects” of Russian leader Vladimir Putin. The Paradise Papers, the documents that the journalists’ organization published, also indicated that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross did not report his investments in businesses owned by Putin associates.

According to HuffPost, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Kushner for failing to describe his links to Russia on his application for top-level security clearance. The White House adviser did not mention his ties to Milner when he told the Senate Intelligence Committee in July: “I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.”

Kushner also has not acknowledged his presence at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, where Donald Trump Jr. tried to obtain incriminating information about Clinton from a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer. In December last year, shortly after the election, Kushner reportedly sat down with Russia’s ambassador to the United States in an attempt to set up a secret, “back-channel” line of communication between the incoming Trump administration and the Russian government. Later that month, the son-in-law met with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a government-owned Russian company.

During the MSNBC interview, Dean said former national security adviser Michael Flynn is also likely to face charges in the Russian investigation. “The next step is going to be the Trump family itself,” he said, referring to Kushner. Mueller’s legal team is looking into allegations that Russian operatives tampered with the election, with the Trump campaign’s help. The special counsel also is trying to determine whether the president attempted to obstruct justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May, then admitted he took the action to thwart the bureau’s Russian probe.

Source: HuffPost
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