President Trump's contacts with former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon could raise potential conflicts of interest, according to three former White House ethics lawyers.
With the Russian Federation investigation led by special counsel delivering indictments this week, Trump has blamed Kushner for such decisions as forcing Michael Flynn out of his job as White House national security adviser and firing James Comey as FBI director.
The man responsible for the investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller, is widely being dubbed as Trump's "worst nightmare" and, perhaps, rightfully so as Trump's top aides' shady links with Russian Federation seem to be unraveling.
After Mr. Mueller's special counsel team announced the Manafort and Gates indictments, they unsealed a guilty plea by former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos for making a false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian contacts.
Sources close to the White House say that based on their knowledge, Kushner is not a target of the investigation. Trump is frustrated that the investigation seems to have no end in sight, and his anger focuses on Kushner, who is also a senior White House advisor. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released on Sunday put Mr. Trump's approval rating at 38 percent - the lowest for the survey since February, when he was a month into his presidency.
The charges against former campaign chair Paul Manafort, which Trump himself said happened "long before" he joined the eventual GOP nominee's team, should also worry the president, according to former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg.
Comey's firing ultimately led Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Mueller as the special counsel.
When longtime Trump ally Roger Stone recently told the president that Jared had been giving him bad political advice, the president agreed, someone familiar with the conversation told Sherman. "Jared is the worst political adviser in the White House in modern history", Nunberg said.
It is possible that the Vanity Fair story was planted by Bannon or Stone, in order to deflect from their responsibility for the Russian Federation scandal, .
U.S. investigators are also reportedly looking into Tony Podesta, a prominent Democratic lobbyist, and Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman, the Associated Press reports. Would Ivanka decide to give up her high-profile government job in solidarity with her husband? "The walls are closing in", one senior Republican close to the White House told the "New York Post".