Robert Mueller’s investigators are reportedly now turning their attention to Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and what role he played in the firing of FBI director James Comey.
Mr Kushner has voluntarily turned over a number of documents to the probe in recent weeks, relating to any contact with Russia during both the campaign and transition period.
Sources told CNN that investigators had asked other witnesses about what role Mr Kushner played in the dismissal of Mr Comey in May.
Mr Trump was reported to be turning on Mr Kushner, a White House political adviser who is married to the billionaire’s daughter Ivanka.
It was said the President blamed the younger man for events leading up to Mr Mueller’s appointment, specifically the firings of Mr Comey and former national security director Michael Flynn.
Sources CNN described as “close to the White House” told it Mr Kushner was not a “target” of the investigation.
The claims come after three high-profile indictments in Mr Mueller’s probe.
Ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort and his former business partner and Rick Gates have pleaded not guilty to a string of charges including money laundering.
Trump wrote on Twitter this week that there was “NO COLLUSION” between his campaign and Russia and said the case centred on acts that occurred “years ago,” well before Mr Manafort became involved with his campaign.
George Papadopoulos admitted lying to the FBI when being questioned about his contact with two Russians with apparent close ties to their government.
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