Jared Kushner Proposed A Secret Communications Channel With The Kremlin

Andrew Cummings
May 27, 2017

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian envoy to set up a secret and bug-proof communications line with Moscow, according to a Washington Post report. The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that TrumpþÄôs son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.

Reuters, citing seven current and former United States officials, also reported Friday that Kushner had previously undisclosed contacts with Russia's ambassador - including two phone calls between April and November of 2016.

Kushner's conversations with the Russian envoy before the election were related to fighting terrorism and improving economic relations with Russia, sources told Reuters, which reported on two calls between Kushner and Kislyak between April and November past year.

FBI investigators feel Kushner could be a source of information both on the specific question of Russian Federation and any contacts and collusion with the Trump campaign.

Reports in the USA say investigators believe he has relevant information, but he is not necessarily suspected of a crime.

News media report that the FBI is investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. According to the Washington Post, Michael Flynn was also in attendance at the meeting.

Neither The White House nor Flynn would comment on the story to The Post.

Separate reports by Reuters said Kushner had three undisclosed contacts with Kislyak, including telephone calls. Kushner's attorney said her client is willing to talk to the Federal Bureau of Investigation if asked. Back in April, it was revealed that he failed to disclose dozens of meetings with foreign officials on his security clearance application, The Hill reported.

United States intelligence agencies believe Moscow used hackers as part of an effort to swing the outcome in favour of Mr Trump.

The investigations into the meddling and potential collusion have accelerated in recent weeks after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who confirmed the FBI investigation in March and reportedly resisted pressure from Trump to end it's look at Flynn.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

According to NBC News, multiple USA officials admitted that the senior advisor had become a person of interest to investigators who believe Kushner has access to a significant amount of information relevant to the inquiry.

Because Trump and his defenders routinely try to make the abnormal normal, it must be pointed out that people who are committing legal acts don't need communications that can't be listened to by law enforcement. Moreover, they said, nothing found so far indicates that Trump authorized, or was even aware of, the contacts.

John Brennan, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time, then started to notice that the Russians were reaching out to Trump campaign officials.

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