Kushner had three undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy
- Author: Leroy Wright May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 10:35
The Washington Post reported last Friday that an official now working in the White House is a "significant person of interest" in 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. Lewandowski, who has been seen in the White House recently, could join the administration as early as next week, a source close to him said.
And the White House staff itself could be facing upheaval. Spokespeople for Burr and Warner declined to comment.
The Russian embassy did not reply to requests for comment.
USA intelligence officials told the newspaper that while Moscow's diplomats can securely communicate with Moscow, Kushner's apparent suggestion was extraordinary. It is unclear whether Kushner and Kislyak interacted there.
"For Russia, it's extremely important that their officials here are able to talk with. the government in Moscow beyond USA surveillance - out of reach of US surveillance", he says.
To some officials, it also reflects a staggering naivete.
He explained that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would easily learn of a Trump transition official regularly visiting the Russian embassy in Washington, causing "a great deal" of concern to intelligence officials.
When the Central Intelligence Agency director began to notice in the spring of past year that the Russians were trying to influence the presidential election, Donald Trump's son-in-law and top advisor Jared Kushner met with senior Russians. This prompted investigators to ask United States intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current U.S. law enforcement official said.
But Burns added that it does not make sense why members of the Trump transition team would not communicate "transparently and openly" with foreign officials.
"The next question is whether the President authorised this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner on the chain of command", Watson asked.
In a related development, former national security adviser Michael Flynn has been compelled to turn over documents related to his contacts with Russian officials, the Senate Intelligence Committee has announced two new subpoenas against him.
The White House did not acknowledge any other contacts between Mr Kushner and Russian officials.
In March, it was revealed that Kushner had failed to disclose his meeting with Kislyak in December as well as a sit-down meeting with the head of a Russian state-owned bank on his security clearance forms for his White House post. Beyond pushing back at suggestions that Moscow is unduly influencing Trump's administration, the messaging effort will also focus on advancing Trump's stalled policy agenda and likely involve more trips out of Washington that will feature the kind of raucous rallies that were the hallmark of Trump's campaign.
The Post's article about Kushner is just the latest in a string of reports about Trump associates' alleged ties to Russian officials.