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Trump's eldest son to face congressional questions on contacts with Russians, Wikileaks

Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

Bloomberg, Reuters and the German newspaper Handelsblatt reported that Mueller had subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for financial records related to $300 million in loans it gave to Trump before he ran for president, a sign that the special counsel was expanding his investigation beyond the campaign.

The bank would neither confirm nor deny receiving a subpoena, but a member of Trump's legal team said the reports were not accurate.

"No subpoena has been issued or received," the lawyer, Jay Sekulow, said in a statement. "We have confirmed this with the bank and other sources."

Trump Jr. is not the only presidential family member facing scrutiny from the Russia investigation.

More details trickled out after Michael T. Flynn, the president's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty Friday to lying to federal agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador after the election.

Flynn agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, and a court filing in the case says a "very senior member" of Trump's transition team directed Flynn to call the Russian ambassador and other foreign officials in an effort to short-circuit a pending United Nations resolution on Israel last December.

A former official identified the "very senior member" as Jared Kushner, who is married to the president's daughter Ivanka and who serves as a White House adviser.

 

Since Trump had not taken office, the attempted interference with U.S. foreign policy by a private citizen was a potential violation of the law.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat and the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to bring Kushner back for more questioning about that incident.

"If Mr. Kushner was involved in that, he'd have a lot to tell us that he hasn't told us so far," Schiff said Saturday. Kushner met privately with the committee in July.

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