It appears the first indictments have started taking a toll on the White House - and, in turn, the Trump family - as Vanity Fair reports the president is placing the blame on Kushner for making some decisions, such as firing former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, which eventually led to the Russian probe.
USA investigators are also reportedly looking into Tony Podesta, a prominent Democratic lobbyist, and Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman, the Associated Press reports. Sources close to the White House say they don't believe Kushner is a target of the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and whether Donald Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow.
Meanwhile, sources close to the White House told CNN that based on their knowledge, Kushner was not a target of Mueller's investigation. Coal industry advocate tapped for mining regulator Bipartisan groups call on DOJ to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE rejected an idea from campaign aide George Papadopolous to set up a meeting with Russian officials during the campaign. Another possibility, they warn, is that Bannon could be attempting to "hamper" Mueller's probe by delaying the White House's responses. White House sources say it was the President alone who made that decision after watching Comey's congressional testimony May 3. Mr Kushner has been widely reported to have pushed Mr Trump to fire Mr Comey, starting a chain of events which finally led to the Russian Federation probe. Trump fired Comey in May.
CNN correspondent Pamela Brown also told Tapper that "some sources" said that Kushner "was a driver in the decision, that he was encouraging the decision" to fire Comey. Both men pleaded not guilty.
Manafort and business associate Rick Gates face 12 felony counts, including money laundering, conspiracy and acting as unregistered foreign agents.
Kushner was also under scrutiny for meetings with Russia's ambassador to the USA and a Russian banker, and for failing to list hundreds of meetings with foreign contacts on his security clearance forms, which he blamed on an assistant.
The FBI has reportedly been looking into Kushner since before Mueller even took over the investigation for his multiple roles on the Trump campaign and transition team and the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russia's ambassador and a Russian banker that was left off Kushner's security clearance form.