Kushner called Lockheed CEO about $100B Saudi arms deal

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

But Politico quotes a White House official as saying they sought special permission to jet out with the president to Saudi Arabia, which is the first stop on his first overseas trip.

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The New York Times reports that deal includes the purchase of an expensive THAAD defense system, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

Human rights advocates have objected to those sales in light of Saudi Arabia's relentless air and ground campaign in Yemen, where millions of people are now on the brink of starvation, according to the World Food Program.

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Reports suggest the investigation also appears to be entering a more overtly active phase, with investigators shifting from work that has remained largely hidden from the public to conducting interviews and using a grand jury to issue subpoenas.

The revelation came just two days after the Justice Department announced that former FBI Director, Robert Mueller, had been appointed special counsel to lead the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks, the people said.

Mr Comey was previously leading the probe.

"As his guests watched slack-jawed, Ms. Hewson told him she would look into it", the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. "We enjoy uninterrupted time together and it's wonderful", she said. Still, some saw Kushner's phone call as an unusual move.

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