Jared Kushner Reportedly Wanted Secret Line Of Communication To Russia
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 21:48
President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported Friday evening.
Intercepts of Russian communications reportedly found that Kislyak told his superiors about the conversation.
Independent Journal Review wanted to know if the news was "explosive" as is being reported.
Reuters was first to report last week that a proposal for a back channel was discussed between Flynn and Kislyak as Trump prepared to take office. Kushner's meeting with Kislyak at Trump Tower previous year was eventually disclosed by the White House in March.
"First, of course, is the Logan Act, which prohibits private individuals conducting negotiations on behalf of the U.S. government with foreign governments", former NSA and Central Intelligence Agency employee Bob Deitz told Business Insider about Kushner's request for a secure line of communication. "So generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner", said McMaster.
Miller reports that even Russians were concerned about the security risks of such an arrangement.
If the Trump campaign did not work with Russia to try to influence the election, they certainly had a lot of interactions with the Russians that they didn't want the USA government and/or the public to know about. "So bringing an American in to use that phone line would be pretty remarkable".
"It's easy to see why the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be intrigued by this", Miller says.
Mr Flynn was pushed out of the White House in February after officials said he misled vice president Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. The bank is under USA sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case in which one of its NY executives pleaded guilty to spying and was jailed.
The probe into Russia's role in the U.S. election pierced the innermost circle of the White House Saturday, with reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law sought a secret communications line with Moscow - the most damning allegation yet from the scandal.
The investigation is now overseen by former FBI director Robert Mueller.
This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the Trump campaign's treasurer to preserve and produce all documents - including phone records and emails - dating to its official start in June 2015, according to one person associated with the campaign. Flynn has offered to testify before Congress in exchange for immunity from prosecution.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from matters related to the Russia investigation after it was revealed that he had failed to disclose his own meetings with Kislyak when asked during congressional testimony about any contact with Russians. "The meetings took place in the form of a roadshow on VEB's strategy by 2021 with the representatives of the largest banks and business circles of the USA, including head of Kushner Companies Jared Kushner".
"I think it's extraordinary that there would be an expectation that the president would have to say explicitly that he supports Article 5".
Mr Kushner, who is married to the president's daughter, Ivanka, has said he will co-operate with any investigation.
While there is rampant speculation that Jared Kushner could face prison for his role in the collusion with Russian Federation, the White House continues to deny any improper contact with Russian Federation.
That's what the Russian ambassador to the United States told Moscow about a December conversation he had with Donald Trump's son-in-law and top adviser. He has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation. "I'm not talking about campaigns".