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What the Mueller report says about Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report contains plenty of new details about President Donald Trump's actions before and after the 2016 election — but it also puts a spotlight on the family members he's leaned heavily on during the campaign and his presidency.

Notably, the report contains revelations about a 2016 meeting between President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, incoming national security advisor Michael Flynn and a Russian envoy. It also provides details about how Ivanka Trump and other members of the president's inner circle reacted after learning about eldest son Donald Trump Jr.'s emails setting up the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians; and it confirms correspondence between Donald Jr. and WikiLeaks about hacked Clinton campaign emails.

Jared Kushner

Among Kushner's many appearances in the report is his and Flynn's meeting with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York after the 2016 election. The New York Times and others reported that the meeting that November was about improving relations between the two countries, and they discussed establishing a secure line of communication with Russia.

Mueller's report confirms those details and adds that the three also discussed U.S. policy toward Syria.

Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump that are talking to each other: Image: President Donald Trump Attends A Salute To Our Armed Services Ball © Chip Somodevilla Image: President Donald Trump Attends A Salute To Our Armed Services Ball Kushner "asked Kislyak to identify the best person (whether Kislyak or someone else) with whom to direct future discussions — someone who had contact with Putin and the ability to speak for him," the report said.

The three men "also discussed U.S. policy toward Syria, and Kislyak floated the idea of having Russian generals brief the Transition Team on the topic using a secure communications line," the report said.

When Flynn replied that there was no secure line in the transition team offices, "Kushner asked Kislyak if they could communicate using secure facilities at the Russian Embassy. Kislyak quickly rejected that idea."

Ivanka Trump

The president's eldest daughter and senior White House aide is mentioned a handful of times in the redacted report, including in the response of senior administration officials to learning about Donald Jr.'s emails setting up the the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting between him, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Kushner and Russians offering negative information on Hillary Clinton.

The president became aware of the emails setting up the meeting with Russians who offered dirt on Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump" by June of the following year, the report said.

On multiple occasions over the next several weeks, Trump told his aides not to publicly disclose the emails, and then he dictated a statement about the meeting, to be issued by Donald Jr., that described the meeting as about adoption, it said.

Then-communications advisor Hope Hicks recalled discussing with Kushner and Ivanka that the emails were damaging and would inevitably be leaked, suggesting the best strategy would be to proactively release the emails to the press, the report said. But when they approached the president about the emails, Trump shut the conversation down and told them not to go to the press.

At a meeting between them and the president in late June, "Hicks warned the President that the emails were 'really bad' and the story would be 'massive' when it broke, but the President was insistent that he did not want to talk about it and said he did not want details," the report said.

Ivanka was also present at a "regular morning meeting of senior campaign staff and Trump family members" in the days before the Trump Tower meeting in which Donald Jr. announced he had a lead on "negative information about the Clinton Foundation," the report said, citing interviews with former deputy campaign manager Rick Gates. Manafort, Eric Trump and Hicks were also at the meeting, with Ivanka and Kushner joining late, the report said.

"Gates believed that Trump Jr. said the information was coming from a group in Kyrgyzstan and that he was introduced to the group by a friend," the report said. It added, "According to Gates, Manafort warned the group that the meeting likely would not yield vital information and they should be careful."

Donald Trump, Jr.

In addition to his well-publicized interactions over the meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016, Donald Jr. is also mentioned in the report regarding his correspondence with WikiLeaks prior to its dumping of hacked emails from her campaign chairman John Podesta.

In September 2016, the report says, Trump Jr. received a direct message on Twitter from WikiLeaks about a at-that-point soon-to-be-launched anti-Trump website, PutinTrump.org, and asking for any comments.

A couple weeks later, WikiLeaks messaged him again, asking for help spreading a link alleging that Trump's Democratic rival, Clinton, had pushed for using a drone to target Julian Assange.

"Trump Jr. responded that he already 'had done so,' and asked, 'what's behind this Wednesday leak I keep reading about?'"

WikiLeaks did not respond, but several days later it wrote him again, saying it was "great to see you and your dad talking about our publications. Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us wlsearch.tk," which the group said would help Trump parse through leaked emails. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted the link.

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