Paper says Kushner sought secret Russian Federation channe
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 27, 2017,
May 27, 2017, 23:40
Last week, reports indicated that Kushner was under federal investigation for his role in Trump's alleged collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign and immediately after his surprising victory.
The letter from the Senate panel seeking all documents, emails and telephone records arrived at Trump's campaign committee last week and was addressed to its treasurer, the Post said. Gorelick says Kushner will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.
Thunderous silence from the White House on this information, WaPo reports.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", his attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement Thursday.
Kushner was a private citizen at the time, not a United States government official although he was acting on behalf of the incoming U.S. government and in an official capacity having an interim security clearance. He has no recollection of the calls as described.
Now it is claimed that Kushner's talks with Kislyak at Trump Tower in December were also attended by Michael Flynn, the Trump administration's first national security advisor, who resigned over his contacts with Russians.
Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, calling the probe "the greatest witch hunt" in American political history.
"Since the firing of Comey, that really exposed the fact that the White House in its current structure.is not prepared for really a one-front war, let alone a two-front war", he said.
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. Former President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after it seized Crimea and started supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
Kushner discussed using Russian diplomatic properties to prevent U.S. intelligence services from monitoring communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to the Washington Post. Reuters was unable to determine how those discussions were conducted or exactly when they took place.
"The Post reported in April that Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm Blackwater, now called Academi, and an informal adviser to the Trump transition team, met on January 11 - nine days before Trump's inauguration - in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean with a representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin".
Trump's campaign committee, based at Trump Tower in NY, is now led by Michael Glassner, a former deputy campaign manager, and John Pence, a nephew of Vice President Mike Pence, the Post said.
Separately, there were at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked people in the seven months before the November 8 presidential election, including six calls with Kislyak, sources told Reuters earlier this month.
The Times reported that Flynn was at the centre of the idea. It is also not clear whether Kushner engaged with Kislyak on his own or with other Trump aides.
Flynn resigned after misleading the White House about his Russian contacts.
"The next question is whether the President authorized this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner on the chain of command", she added.