Jared Kushner 'discussed setting up secret communications with Russia'

Elias Hubbard
May 28, 2017

According to both reports, Mr Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn was present at the meeting.

Kislyak allegedly told his higher-ups that Kushner floated the proposal for back-channel communications during a conversation between the two and former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn at Trump Tower on December 1 or December 2. The White House has only now acknowledged those chats-as well as Kushner's dealings with a Russian businessman-after they came to light in press accounts.

Jared Kushner discussed the possibility of Trump's transition team secretly communicating with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reports.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings". Gorelick says Kushner will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.

The Washington Post was first to report on Friday that Kushner participated in that conversation.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Mr Kushner's lawyer Jamie Gorelick said he has "no recollection" of the calls with Mr Kislyak as reported by Reuters.

Boehner, a fellow Republican, told an energy conference he supported efforts to "get to the bottom" of any potential interactions between Trump associates and the Russian government but described any calls to impeach Trump as the purview of "the insane left-wing Democratic colleagues of mine".

H.R. McMaster said he's "not concerned" following reports that President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner may have discussed setting up diplomatic backchannels to Moscow during the presidential transition. Kushner's meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower previous year was eventually disclosed by the White House in March.

Those investigations include allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm Hillary Clinton.

However, Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations and Trump has said he has not collaborated with Russian Federation. "And so, therefore, I felt as though the FBI investigation was certainly well-founded and needed to look into those issues". OGE Director Walter Shaub had asked President Donald Trump to continue that tradition, formally making a request last month.

"B$3 the time I left office on January 20, I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting US persons involved in the campaign or not to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or unwitting fashion. I'm not talking about anything else". Kushner is under scrutiny - not necessarily the subject of any investigation or suspected of any wrongdoing - in the FBI's probe. The Obama administration leveled sanctions on the bank after Russian President Vladimir Putin's military campaign in Ukraine in 2014.

The White House made no immediate response to requests for comment on either report.

The FBI declined to comment, while the Russian Embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts.

Their report quotes unidentified current and former U.S. officials, who said two of these contacts were phone calls.

President Trump's son-in-law sought to establish clandestine ties with the Kremlin through Russia's ambassador to Washington, it has been alleged.

The contacts included two phone calls between April and November a year ago, two of the sources told Reuters.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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