Mueller probing Kushner’s outreach to foreign leaders during transition and role in controversial UN dispute
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner’s foreign contacts during the presidential transition, particularly focusing on his involvement in a controversial U.N. resolution that censured Israel over its expansion of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller is probing witnesses over Kushner’s involvement in that dispute. Israeli officials reportedly asked Trump officials to help block the U.N. resolution, despite the fact that Trump was not yet in office. The Obama administration ending up abstaining from the vote, an thus allowed the passage of that controversial resolution.
Among the Trump officials Israel reached out to were Kushner and former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Mueller is also reportedly looking into Kushner’s outreach to other foreign leaders during the presidential transition, and his role in an infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top campaign officials and emissaries of the Russian government.
Multiple reports indicate Mueller is focusing on Kushner’s role in Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey. Kushner reportedly encouraged Trump to fire Comey, and has since drawn consternation from the president over that advice.