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Mueller is reportedly now interested in Kushner's foreign financing efforts

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is now interested in President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's attempts during the presidential transition to get financing from foreign investors for his family company, people familiar with the matter told CNN.

Kushner was a lead contact for foreign governments during the transition, and he told congressional investigators he had "over 50 contacts with people from over 15 countries." Mueller had already been looking into Kushner's contacts with Russian officials, CNN reports, and during interviews held in January and February, investigators asked Kushner about discussions he had with foreigners as he tried to get financing for the New York City office building at 666 Fifth Ave., a Kushner Cos.–backed property that is having financial difficulties.

CNN reports that Kushner was asked about a meeting he had one week after the election with the chairman and other executives of the Chinese company Anbang Insurance; Kushner was close to finishing a deal to get Anbang Insurance to invest in 666 Fifth Ave., but talks imploded in March 2017, The New York Times has reported. Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, told CNN "there has not been a single question asked nor document sought on the 666 building or Kushner Companies deals."