Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team is reportedly investigating whether White House senior advisor Jared Kushner’s foreign business ties have influenced his father-in-law’s policies, according to NBC News.
Those close to the special counsel told NBC News that Mueller’s investigators have been asking about Kushner’s business meetings during the presidential transition with Turkish, Qatari, Russian, Chinese and Emirati nationals.
This comes after sources told The Intercept that the Kushner’s real estate firm sought money directly from the government of Qatar just weeks before a blockade against the country.
The Hill added:
Kushner’s father, Charles, met with Qatar’s Finance Minister Ali Sharif al-Emadi in New York in April to seek an investment from the Qatari government for the Kushner Companies’ 666 Fifth Ave. property.
Qatari officials reportedly believe that Kushner has driven the Trump administration’s Middle East policy in a way to punish their country as retaliation for not investing in Kushner Companies.
As a senior White House adviser, Kushner has been focusing on the Middle East peace process. Earlier this week, he had his top-secret security clearance downgraded, but the White House said that he will remain in his role and will continue to work on Middle East issues.