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As Russia Probe Widens, Special Counsel Builds Up Team

Since his appointment on May 17, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has recruited a high-powered team of lawyers, investigators and prosecutors with deep expertise in areas ranging from financial fraud to constitutional law.Kushner attorney Jamie Gorelick pushed back on the report in a statement Thursday evening.The special council panel of investigators is examining allege Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, and aim to discuss with top intelligence officials, CNN reported. He is, however, the only one of those people who remains close to Trump.Kenneth Starr, former independent counsel, expressed confidence that the caliber of lawyers in Mueller’s team would do a thorough job.Gorelick added, “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters”. Trump, who on Friday confirmed he’s being investigated by the Special Counsel, has dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a “witch hunt”.Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said.The Post reported that FBI agents and federal prosecutors are also looking into the financial dealings of Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign policy adviser Carter Page.The development comes a day after the daily reported that Mueller had extended his probe into determining whether the President tried to obstruct justice by suggesting to top intelligence and law enforcement officials that they end the Russian Federation investigation.Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this story, but said “that the Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct”. Comey testified that Trump said to him, “I hope you can let this go”.The President tweeted Friday that he was under “investigation”, which he called a “witch hunt” in another tweet. He is reportedly interviewing three top intelligence officials – Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett – as part of the probe as early as this week.