United States investigator Mueller probing Kushner's contacts with Israelis


The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller's team is probing Kushner's involvement in the controversy surrounding a United Nations resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections, is reportedly looking into efforts made by Kushner during the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations at the end of 2016. It's not clear why Mueller is looking into Kushner's contacts with foreign officials but his name has become a fixture in the sweeping Russian Federation probe in recent weeks.

Trump, who was president-elect at the time, called for the U.S. to veto the resolution, saying the resolution was "extremely unfair to all Israelis".

Trump came out against the measure as president-elect and said that the USA should use its veto power on the U.N. Security Council.

In February, Foreign Policy magazine reported that Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security adviser before being ousted over contacts with foreign officials, led a "vigorous" effort against the vote at Israel's request, calling ambassadors of states on the council in a bid to have them change their vote against the resolution, to no avail. The resolution later passed after the Obama administration said it would not use the veto power.

Russia Weatherman Registers Hike in Nuclear Pollution in Ural Mountains
The pollution from ruthenium-106 occurs when atoms are split in a reactor, and is also used in certain medical treatments. The exact origin of the cloud has not been verified but the most likely source is a Russian nuclear reprocessing plant.

President-elect Donald Trumps chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, left, and Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, listen to the President-elect's speech at the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Center, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, December 15, 2016. Kushner reportedly advocated for Trump to back Alabama Republican candidate Luther Strange in the runoff against Roy Moore, which Strange then lost.

The Journal reports that Mueller's latest interest in Kushner also includes his role in "arranging meetings or communication with foreign leaders during the transition".

The probe is part of a larger investigation by Mueller into Kushner and his conversations with foreign leaders, including Israelis, during the two month transition period between the November election and the time that Trump took office.

Kushner is a central figure in both events - he attended the June 2016 meeting, and multiple media reports have said that he strongly urged Trump to fire Comey.

Senate investigators have also expressed significant interest in Kushner's actions.