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Michael Caputo: Reports on Kushner Probe 'Much Ado About Nothing'

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Reports that Robert Mueller's investigation is examining the actions of President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner are "much ado about nothing," former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo said Tuesday.

"First of all, I don't know if the leak is true," Caputo told CNN's "New Day" co-host Chris Cuomo. "We saw this leak about Rick Gates and Paul Manafort also; it came from the Mueller operation. I think that's completely bogus."

Further, Caputo said he think that whatever Kushner was doing, it would be something that any investigator would have the "wherewithal" to look at as "he was working on behalf of his nation.'

"If at the time he was continuing to pursue his business interest, it would be of interest to the special counsel, and I think this is much ado about nothing," he added.

On Monday, CNN reported that Mueller's interest in Kushner had gone beyond Kushner's contacts with Russia, and also included his dealings with China and Qatar both during the election and in the transition period.

Kushner had served as lead contact for foreign contacts trying to reach Trump during the transition period, CNN noted.

Caputo on Tuesday also called a report that fellow Trump campaign adviser Gates was to plead guilty to charges of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying relating to his work for Ukraine's former president and his political party "crap."

According to the Los Angeles Times, a person with direct knowledge of the developments said Gates would testify against his ex-business partner, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

"First of all, I think both Manafort and Gates are cooperating with the special counsel, but the idea that Rick Gates has somehow caved and going to make some state's evidence against Manafort, it's all crap," said Caputo. "And I think in the end, when this leak is proven to be false, you know, where does everybody get their reputations back?"

Caputo said he's spoken with Gates recently, but he didn't ask him about the charges he faces.

"I just find this completely out of character, but really within the character of the Mueller investigation, to leak it," said Caputo, "and really within the character of journalists to carry it like stenographers."

He denied, however, that he would characterize Mueller or anyone around him as being "leakers," but still told Cuomo that leaking details is illegal, and it "did come from the Mueller investigation."

Meanwhile, Caputo said he believes that Russia interfered in the 2016 race,but told Cuomo "we also do things to manipulate elections overseas."

"I believe that Russia interferes in all the elections of let's say, for example, the Security Council from the United Nations," said Caputo. "We also do things to manipulate elections overseas. . . I was sent overseas by the Clinton administration to get involved in their elections," he said.

"However, this whole thing, from the internet to research agency...this stuff had been going on since 2013 said Caputo. "It's been in the news in Russia for a while."

Caputo said he does, though, think much of the dissention that was spread was "entirely the responsibility of the Democrats."

"I think the Democrats have fed this bogus Russian collusion narrative to the media and the media have gleefully swallowed," said Caputo.

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Former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo said Tuesday the reports that Robert Mueller's investigation is examining the actions of President Donald Trump's adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner are "much ado about nothing."
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