Trump repeatedly tells aides he won't be swept up in Russia probe: report

Trump repeatedly tells aides he won't be swept up in Russia probe: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE has insisted to aides that he will not be swept up in the special counsel investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election. 

At the same time, Trump thinks that the American public is beginning to fall in line with his claim that it was the Democrats – rather than his campaign – that conspired with Moscow during the presidential race, The Washington Post reported

Trump believes that even if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation ensnares those around him, he will ultimately be cleared in the matter. One senior administration official told the Post that Trump has been asking those close to him whether they think his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden to speak with Saudi king 'soon' as pressure builds for Khashoggi report Biden to speak with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report: report Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE or his company could be guilty of wrongdoing.


The pace of Mueller's investigation has escalated in recent weeks. Last month he unsealed indictments against 13 Russian nationals for their alleged roles in a plot of disrupt and influence the 2016 election.

He also filed a superseding indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortProsecutors drop effort to seize three Manafort properties after Trump pardon FBI offers 0K reward for Russian figure Kilimnik New York court rules Manafort can't be prosecuted by Manhattan DA MORE, and recently secured a guilty plea from Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and longtime associate of Manafort.

Trump has long insisted, however, that Mueller's investigation is a "witch hunt," and that neither him nor anyone on his campaign coordinated with the Russians during the 2016 election. 

Mueller has also looked at Kushner as part of the Russia investigation. The president's son-in-law was present at meetings with Russians during the campaign and presidential transition that have been surrounded by controversy.

NBC News also reported Friday that Mueller is looking into whether Kushner's business arrangements have influenced Trump administration policies.