Jared Kushner subject of Federal Bureau of Investigation interest in Russian Federation case
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 8:59
The Post said Mr Kislyak was reportedly "taken aback" by the suggestion.
Since April 2016, Kushner met at least twice with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.
If he were a "target", it would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.
The newspaper says Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his superiors that Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for their discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor. The goal: to prevent USA intelligence monitoring from discovering their communications.
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.
Reports in the U.S. say investigators believe he has relevant information, but he is not necessarily suspected of a crime.
The New York Times reported last month that Kushner omitted in filling out security clearance forms having communicated with Kislyak and Gorkov. This report adds to the growing number of questions he might have to face when he gets back.
"Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, then President-elect Trump's son-in-law and confidant, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by USA officials". 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.
The Post reported last week that the Russian Federation investigation had been extended to a top White House official as a "significant person of interest".
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in March that Kushner was the primary point-of-contact for foreign governments during the campaign and transition, saying that it was appropriate and a role that he was assigned.
Kushner has offered to talk to Congress about these meetings, according to his lawyer Jamie Gorelick. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".
Trump has called the Russian Federation inquiry a "witch hunt" and the talk of a collusion "a total hoax", although he also has hedged his denials when it comes to those around him.
Brennan said he had seen intelligence that "revealed contacts and interactions" between Russian officials and Americans "involved" in the Trump campaign.
Comey's actions based on what he knew was Russian disinformation offer a stark example of the way Russian interference impacted the decisions of the highest-level USA officials during the 2016 campaign.
"The FBI's Russian Federation investigation reached Trump's backyard, and now it's in his house", Democratic National Committee Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson said in a statement released Thursday.