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By Nathan Layne and Julia Edwards Ainsley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal investigators probing the lobbying work of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn are focused in part on the role of Bijan Kian, Flynn?s former business partner, according to a person interviewed by the FBI. Investigators are also looking at whether payments from foreign clients to Flynn and his company, the now-inactive Flynn Intel Group, were lawful, according to two separate sources with knowledge of the broad inquiry into Flynn's business activities. The FBI's interest in Kian has not been previously reported.
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Jared Kushner is heading to Israel for peace negotiations
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, speaks during a meeting with technology executives in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 19. President Trump?s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories on Wednesday for meetings that the White House says are aimed at ?achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians.? Kushner will be accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, a Trump adviser whose official title is ?assistant to the president and special representative for international negotiations.? According to a White House official who discussed the trip with Yahoo News, the pair are two of Trump?s ?most trusted advisers? and will be spearheading a ?peace effort? that is a ?top priority? for the president.