Jared Kushner considered secret back channel to talk to Russia, reports say
- Author: Arturo Norris May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 11:56
Mr Jared Kushner is now a focus of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into Russian meddling.
The New York Times said the channel was never established.
Conservative journalist Bill Kristol tweeted Saturday that back-channel networks are "suspicious" only when they involve "the president-elect's son-in-law" and Russian Federation.
"Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period", attorney Jamie Gorelick said.
Other revisions on the table include adding a roster of outside lawyers to help deal with the legal ramifications of the Russian Federation investigation, officials and allies said.
Earlier, Kushner was named in news reports as a focus of the FBI investigation into alleged Russian tampering with the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
An FBI investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Moscow as well as Russia's alleged meddling in the United States 2016 presidential election recently pointed to a current White House official as a "person of interest" in the probe.
Kislyak, according to The Post, told higher-ups in Moscow that Kushner suggested the proposal in a December meeting at Trump Tower - which former national security adviser Michael Flynn also attended.
Investigators are also interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Post and NBC News.
Asked about reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law had tried to set up a secret channel of communication with Russian Federation before the president took office, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said that so-called "back-channeling" was normal.
Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee which is investigating any links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, asked the campaign to produce all Russia-related documents, including phone records and emails, dating back to its official start in June 2015.
Two of the alleged calls took place between April and November of a year ago. The distinction is that the investigators do not suspect wrongdoing by Mr. Kushner at this point. "The answer to that is a big yes".
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".
Last week, when news reports said that a White House official was in the ambit of the investigation, Press Secretary Sean Spicer had said: "As the President has stated before - a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity".
But there have been a number of as yet unexplained contacts - during last year's presidential campaign and afterward - between other top Trump aides and senior Russian officials, including Flynn, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Manafort and others.
From left, senior advisor of President Donald Trump Jared Kushner, his wife Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump and First lady Melania pose for a family photo during their visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, at the Vatican, following their meeting with Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017.