Special counsel Robert Mueller “ has Jared Kushner in his sights,” ABC News’ chief legal analyst said, following the Friday indictment of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Mike Flynn.
Dan Abrams said Ivanka Trump’s husband would be “very worried” by the most recent developments in the probe into Russia’s alleged attempt to influence the outcome of the U.S. election, suggesting Mueller was using Flynn to get after bigger fish.
“I think that if you’re Jared Kushner right now, you’re very nervous,” Abrams said in a Sunday morning interview with ABC’s This Week, as host George Stephanopoulos observed it seemed "Mueller has Jared Kushner in his sights."
“The bottom line is, if you take it out of this investigation and put it into the context of any investigation like this, Flynn is considered the smaller fish who they’re cutting a deal with to potentially testify against bigger fish, period,” Abrams said, prompting fellow panelist, former Attorney General for George W. Bush, Michael Mukasey, to comment he was speculating.
“You can hope he won't have anything else. But, he did offer a proffer. He basically told them, here's what I can give you. They thought to themselves this is important enough for us to cut a deal on a small fry indictment here,” Abrams added.
Kushner reportedly expressed concerns over the scope of the Russia probe – asking a friend: “Do you think they’ll get the president?”
The businessman and adviser to the president was reportedly concerned about the reach of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe following the indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, according to a report from Vanity Fair that cited a source briefed on Kushner’s conversation.
And Abrams added Kushner’s concern would be related to the Russia probe’s interest in Trump’s campaign team’s alleged contact with Russia.
“There's either going to be a prosecution for what happened during the campaign or there's going to be issues related to that, or after this occurred with potential obstruction of justice,” Abrams added. “So, I think that that's where Kushner has to be concerned is what happened in the campaign itself with regard to communications with the Russians.”