Rick Gerson, Close Friend of Jared Kushner, Now Under Scrutiny From Mueller: Sources

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A close friend of Jared Kushner with proximity to key meetings between Trump associates and foreign officials is coming under scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller, five people familiar with the matter told NBC News.

Hedge fund manager Richard Gerson was in the Seychelles around the time of a secret meeting between a Trump associate and officials from Russia and United Arab Emirates, sources said.

On the islands, he also met with Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, whom he, Kushner and other Trump officials had met with at a hotel in New York weeks earlier, according to sources.

A spokesman for Gerson emphasized that Gerson did not participate in the Seychelles meeting with Russian and Emirati officials but declined to discuss why Gerson met with others while there.

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