Just days after investigative journalist John Mattes gave a briefing to San Diego Democrats for Equality on how Russia continues to exploit Facebook, The Washington Post is reporting Thursday that federal investigators are now focusing on Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election process.
Kushner held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow, according to the Post report.
FBI agents “remain keenly interested in former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, but Kushner is the only current White House official known to be considered a key person in the probe,” the Post continued.
During his briefing with San Diego Democrats, Mattes said thousands of online posts created outside the United States duped millions of American voters during the 2016 election and campaign cycle.
“We were played,” the 66-year-old Bernie Sanders supporter from Pacific Beach said.
“Russia is in our election process, and we don’t know how to stop it,” he continued. “We didn’t have a vehicle to shut it down. We were being victims en masse.”
According to the Post report, one of Kushner’s lawyers said his client has previously “volunteered to share with Congress what he knows” and would do the same for any other inquiry.
Mattes wants to a see “clean ” investigation into the Russian matter.
“The Kremlin succeeded in what they wanted to do,” he said. “It’s up to us to demand a special prosecutor. … It’s too important not to.”
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