Trump's son-in-law "discussed secret line to Moscow"

Media reports allege president's son-in-law sought to establish secret line of communications with Russian Federation.

The Washington Post said the secret comms proposal was made December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials.

Ambassador Sergei Kisylak is said to have told his superiors in Moscow about the conversation which allegedly took place at Trump Tower.

The results of a Congressional investigation of possible collusion by Trump campaign workers and the release of his tax returns would be a huge step forward in resolving the issues of Russian involvement.

"Jared Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation".

Investigators are also interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Post and NBC News.

Then-Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was also in the meeting, the Post says.

Those investigations include allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm Hillary Clinton. Responding to that report, Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said her client "participated in thousands of calls in this time period".

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. It is based in NY at Trump Tower. He is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, but the Department of Justice approved his role in the White House.

Reaction to the news from the Washington Post is mixed.

On Thursday, reports surfaced that the FBI was looking into meetings that President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, had with a Russian banker under investigation in the United States and with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

On Saturday, the AP confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, has requested information and documents Trump's campaign.

Kushner also met that month with Sergei Gorkov, chairman of VneshEconomBank, the Russian state-owned bank under USA sanctions since July 2014.

The White House declined to comment on plans for a "war room" but said Mr Trump will be looking to build on momentum it believes it has built up during the President's trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Europe. The White House did not acknowledge any other contacts between Kushner and Russian officials.

As the Post notes, this is the first time that Trump's campaign structure has become part of the Senate committee's probe. News was breaking that US officials thought Russia meddled in the election, and Kushner may have recognized how politically sensitive it would be to meet with the Russians.

According to Reuters, Kushner held at least two phone calls between April and November of a year ago with Kislyak, who's represented Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington since 2008.

"They discussed existing practices of the development bank's work, promising areas and industries", he said in the statement, which was written in Russian.

  • Zachary Reyes