Former FBI director James Comey acted on fake intelligence information, says report

The Washington Post reports that the Russian ambassador to the United States told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

The Post said Kislyak was reportedly "taken aback" by the suggestion.

Upon Trump's return, the administration will add experienced political professionals, including Trump's former campaign manager, and possibly more lawyers to handle the Russian Federation probe, which has gained new urgency since the Justice Department appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, the sources said.

Trump's son-in-law made the proposal at a meeting in early December at Trump Tower in NY, weeks before Trump was sworn in, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by the United States officials, the paper said.

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Reached Friday, an administration official said there would be no comment on the latest Kushner report. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".

Kushner offered in March to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating Russia's attempts to interfere in last year's election.

Officials familiar with intelligence on contacts between the Russians and Trump advisers said that so far they have not seen evidence of any wrongdoing or collusion between the Trump camp and the Kremlin.

"Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation".

He warned that "Russia is a dark cloud hanging over this administration" and urged the Trump White House to cooperate with the Russian Federation investigations because "they have to understand this administration is under siege, and will be, in terms of public opinion, and in terms of the law, until all these questions are answered".

Sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey knew that a critical piece of information related to the investigation into former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's email was fake, but he feared that if it became public it would undermine the probe, sources told CNN.

While Kushner has yet to set the record straight about his meetings with high-level Russian officials, the FBI's interest in Trump's inner circle has caused quite a stir in Washington.

If he were a "target", it would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.

Kushner is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.

The FBI investigation is now being overseen by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

The New York Times reported that the backchannel between Trump officials and Russian Federation would be in service of Michael Flynn - McMaster's predecessor - who was ousted from the job in February after he misled the administration about his contacts with Kislyak.

It's now clear, however, that Kushner's influence in the White House is rather impressive, as he was part of the President's delegation on his first foreign trip as president earlier this week.

That's the period of time when Russian officials allegedly started holding meetings with members of Trump's campaign, according to Brennan, who said he had been keeping an eye on the meetings after noticing unusual activities.

  • Salvatore Jensen