Attention turns to Kushner amid FBI's Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 8:17
The Washington Post reports that Russia's ambassador to the US has told his superiors that he and Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin in December.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that this Russian intelligence was unreliable.
Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
"For Russia, it's extremely important that their officials here are able to talk with. the government in Moscow beyond US surveillance - out of reach of USA surveillance", he says. NBC News and the Washington Post reported Thursday on the FBI's interest in Kushner.
Both news outlets quoted Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer, as saying he would cooperate with any investigation.
In a letter to McCabe, Chaffetz said he is seeking to review Comey's memos and other written materials so he can "better understand" Comey's communications with the White House and attorney general's office.
The White House declined to comment on plans for a "war room" but said Trump will be looking to build on momentum it believes it has built up during the president's trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Europe. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently appointed FBI Director Robert Mueller to head the Russian Federation investigation as a special counsel.Trump denies any collusion, and Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.The report, which cited numerous unnamed US officials, said investigators think that Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, has substantial information relevant to the investigation.Kushner attorney Jamie Gorelick said Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about the meetings. The president defended the intelligence sharing and said he had "the absolute right" to share information about ISIS plots involving airplanes with the two top Russian diplomats.
The FBI's scrutiny of Kushner places the bureau's sprawling counterintelligence and criminal investigation not only on the doorstep of the White House, but the Trump family circle.
The notion of a possible back-channel network, he told the Post, "seems extremely naive or absolutely insane".
Kushner has described how, beginning last June, he began testing the use of data targeting to sell Trump merchandise.
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials were astonished that he would have requested a secret back channel, calling it "naive" or "crazy" given the FBI's close tabs on Russian officials in the USA, the Post reported.
The White House referred calls to Kushner's attorney.
Christopher Ruddy, chief executive of Newsmax Media and a Trump friend, said he expects the president will travel more when he returns from overseas and encouraged the White House to focus on issues that pump up his base voters.
And while it's not weird for presidential campaigns to meet with foreign officials, under this context, it was. Once again, Congressional Democrats urged federal authorities to pull the interim security clearance Kushner had been granted until his "compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances" could be thoroughly investigated.
Meanwhile, Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential election.