Jared Kushner Sought Back Channel With Russians... Say Russians
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 23:39
White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. the idea of setting up a back channel of communication between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin, sources said.
When The Washington Post broke an explosive report in which intelligence officials alleged that Trump shared highly-classified information with Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting, McMaster went in front of cameras to call the story false as reported and to defend the president's actions as "wholly appropriate".
The report stemmed from information about a conversation Russian Ambassador to the U.S.
Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak was surprised by Kushner's idea of the secret channel and passed it on to the Kremlin, the Post said. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
Earlier Thursday, House oversight committee chairman Jason Chaffetz told acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe that he wants records of Mr. Comey's contacts with the White House and Justice Department dating to September 2013, when the latter was sworn in as FBI director under President Barack Obama. Trump also asked Comey to close down the FBI investigation into Flynn, two sources close to the former FBI director told NPR a week after Comey's firing.
"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period".
Federal investigators have been taking a closer look at the Trump campaign's data analytics operation, which was supervised by Kushner, officials say, and are examining whether Russian operatives used people associated with the campaign - wittingly or unwittingly - to try to help Russia's own data targeting.
Since then, revelations into the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation have made their interactions look more - not less - suspicious.
Jared Kushner is at the center of a quickly growing Russian Federation scandal, with a new report that the top White House aide tried to set up a secret line of communication with the Kremlin and growing speculation that he could end up in prison.
And it ensures that Trump will be thrust back into the din of the Russian Federation scandal upon his return to Washington this weekend following his first foreign trip, a tour of the Middle East and Europe. Of interest to FBI investigators is likely Kushner's several meetings with the Russian ambassador.
A lawyer for Jared Kushner says he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Six of the sources said there were multiple contacts between Kushner and Kislyak but declined to give details beyond the two phone calls between April and November and the post-election conversation about setting up a back channel.
A lawyer for 36-year-old Kushner, whose in-tray includes solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S relations with China and Mexico, said his client will co-operate with any inquiry.
US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to sway the November vote in Trump's favor.
Kushner is not the central focus of the investigation, but his meetings with a Russian banker and an ambassador in December 2016 have piqued the interest of the FBI, according to the report.