Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is under scrutiny in the FBI's probe of Russian election meddling and any connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, CBS News has confirmed.
Others discussed leveraging their ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president of Ukraine living in exile in Russian Federation, who at one time had worked closely with Manafort, who was dismissed from Trump's campaign, the newspaper reported.
House investigators are particularly interested in finding out more about how Russia conducted its election attacks inside the U.S. and who Russian spies attempted to recruit to their side, said a House intelligence committee source.
"It was a very powerful factor in the decision to go forward in July with the statement that there shouldn't be a prosecution", a person familiar with the matter told the Post.
The White House disputed the New York Times story, insisting that that "the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end an investigation, including any investigation involving Gen. Flynn".
In early December, Kushner met in NY with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and he later sent a deputy to meet with Kislyak again.
Despite their best efforts to quarantine the Russian Federation scandal, a torrent of new headlines continue to lash the White House.
Should the administration assert privilege, such a claim could set off a separate fight, possibly threatening Comey's expected appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Supposedly, the intelligence related to an e-mail from Debbie Wasserman Schulz, then the DNC chair, to an official in a George Soros organization in which she claimed knowledge of a conversation between Lynch and Team Hillary staffer Amanda Renteria. He is arguably the president's most trusted adviser, and he is also a close member of the president's family.
After Comey's abrupt removal and the disclosure of the former director's memos sparked questions about possible obstruction of justice, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed a special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
The discovery of the document, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation has now determined to be largely if not entirely fraudulent, reportedly factored into Comey's decision to bypass the DOJ last summer and announce the findings of the FBI's email server probe in a press conference on July 5.
Records of both Manafort and Flynn have been demanded by grand jury subpoenas, NBC News has reported.
This week, former CIA director John Brennan revealed that intelligence chiefs had been looking into suspicious contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials since mid-2016.