Paper says Kushner sought secret Russia channel
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 22:44
On May 18, Reuters reported that Flynn and other advisers to Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, citing current and former usa officials.
Kislyak told his superiors Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities in the usa, the officials briefed on the intelligence told The Washington Post.
Reuters reported Friday that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak previous year, including two phone calls between April and November. The White House acknowledged the meeting in March. It was at this meeting in early December that Kushner floated the idea to Kislyak, reported the Post.
The Post says the White House and Flynn's lawyer didn't want to comment for their story.
He will invoke the Fifth Amendment and his right against self-incrimination.
On Wednesday morning, the top Democrat on the committee said it would subpoena Flynn in its probe into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election after he declined to appear before the panel.
Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn's contacts with Russians included mentions of US citizens, whose names were redacted because of USA privacy laws. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", said Jamie Gorelick, his attorney.
Mr Kushner's was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the President's son-in-law's dealings with Mr Kislyak and other Russians.
To some officials, it also reflects a staggering naivete. The National Security Agency monitors the communications of Russian officials overseas. He added that the idea "seems extremely naïve or absolutely insane".
The California congressman added that he is skeptical Flynn would be granted immunity in exchange for his testimony and information, something the former national security adviser has requested from the committees.
The Post previously reported that investigators are focusing on meetings he held in December with Kislyak and the head of a Russian bank that has been under United States sanctions since 2014.
Flynn was forced to resign after it became public knowledge that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak during the transition period. The transition team was looking for ways to establish a back channel to Putin, a source told CNN.
"We will be following up with subpoenas, and those subpoenas will be created to maximize our chance of getting the information that we need", said Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the panel, Reuters and CNN reported.
Mr Brennan did not cite the names of the Trump aides that USA intelligence agencies had eyed for their Russian Federation contacts. Doing so would require Moscow to expose its most sophisticated communications capabilities - which are likely housed in highly secure locations at diplomatic compounds - to an American. This week, officials who reviewed the letter and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence said the portion about the secret channel was consistent with their understanding of events. And it's really unusual to request a foreign government's help communicating secretly, which is what the Russian ambassador told Russian officials Kushner asked for.