The Morning Briefing: Eye on Kushner, DOJ Smacks the Leakers, DAPA Gone, and Much, Much More

Good Friday Morning.

Here's what is on the President's agenda today:

  • In the morning, President Donald J. Trump will depart the White House for Joint Base Andrews, en route to Miami, Florida.
  • In the afternoon, the President will give remarks and participate in a signing on the United States’ policy towards Cuba.
  • The President will then depart Miami, Florida, for Washington, D.C., en route to the White House.

WaPo: Anonymous sources say Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner

And now for our regularly scheduled anonymous leak:

The business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter.

The news comes as the Justice Department continues its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia. The Washington Post report suggests that scrutiny has been folded into the special counsel office, and includes Kushner's business dealings, though it offers no details on what that scrutiny is.

And then the WaPo goes on to say this:

Sources have stressed to CNN that there is no indication Kushner is currently a target of the probe, and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

What does that mean? He's being "investigated" but is not a "target"? What is the purpose of reporting this? Mueller is supposed to be investigating the 2016 election, so naturally he would be examining the circumstances of those in the 2016 campaign's orbit. Of course, if they are investigating anything or anyone related to the 2016 Clinton campaign, it's not leaking. And that should tell you something.

"We do not know what this report refers to," Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's attorney, said in a statement to CNN. "It would be standard practice for the special counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry."

And someone else important weighed in on the spigot of anonymous leaks...

DOJ warns against believing anonymous sources

This will certainly cut into the bottom line of the WaPo and NYT:

The Justice Department issued a statement Thursday night warning the media and other Americans against believing anonymous sources, and warning that the Justice Department doesn't confirm statements from unnamed officials.

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote Thursday.