Mar 03 2018

Trump son-in-law investigated over Turkish ties

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of and special advisor to U.S. President Trump, is being investigated over his foreign links to a number of countries including Turkey, American broadcaster NBC said.

“As part of the scrutiny of Kushner's discussions with Turks, federal investigators have reached out to Turkish nationals for information on Kushner through the FBI's legal attaché office in Ankara, according to two people familiar with the matter,” it said.

Turkish Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak speaks during a ceremony inaugurating the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Thessaloniki on May 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDI
Turkish Minister of Energy Berat Albayrak speaks during a ceremony inaugurating the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) in Thessaloniki on May 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / SAKIS MITROLIDI

“People familiar with the matter believe that Turkish President Recep Erdogan's son-in-law Berat Albayrak, who is also the country's energy minister, met with Michael Flynn, who would soon serve briefly as Trump's national security adviser, in New York in December 2016. Mueller's team has been investigating whether they discussed a possible quid-pro-quo deal. Flynn is cooperating with the Mueller investigation.”

Several Gulf states were also included in the investigation, with allegations that the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates may have been involved in convincing the Trump administration to lend its support to the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, the broadcaster said.