President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (2nd R) and her family, husband Jared Kushner (from L) and children Joseph and Arabella Kushner, arrived aboard the Marine One helicopter with the president to board Air Force One for travel to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, March 3, 2017.
A report from the Washington Post on Friday claimed that investigators had "identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest", a sign that the Russian Federation investigation had reached the highest levels of Trump's administration.
This includes Daily Beast reporter Yashar Ali as well as journalist and former White House staff member Claude Taylor, who both named Jared Kushner as the target. Have confirmed this with four people.
On the presidential visit, Trump and his delegation are scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy and Belgium.
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Officials say the message is "unity". "It can backfire, I mean it can seriously backfire", the official said. McMaster, deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Meanwhile, the Post's sources added that the "intensity" of the investigation will be ramping up in the coming weeks as more witnesses are interviewed and more subpoenas are issued. "It's more normal for them than any previous administration".
The report was published as Mr Trump travelled to Saudi Arabia on the first leg of a trip overseas that the White House hopes will shift attention away from the political firestorm triggered by his firing last week of former FBI Director James Comey. His appointment came after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and amid reports that Trump had asked Comey to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
CNN reported last month that multiple White House and administration officials said Kushner had eclipsed almost all of Trump's West Wing and Cabinet advisers in terms of influence and established himself as the key envoy for those outside the administration. "We enjoy uninterrupted time together and it's wonderful", she said.
"Mr. Kushner will certainly not be the last person the committee calls to give testimony, but we expect him to be able to provide answers to key questions that have arisen in our inquiry", said a statement from the Senate intelligence committee.