Kushner 'has no recollection' of Russian contacts
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 21:16
According to The Post, Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador, reported to Moscow in a cable that was intercepted by American spies that Kushner had suggested to him using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the back channel.
FBI investigators have a simple reason for believing Jared Kushner can help them determine whether US President Donald Trump's campaign helped Russia influence the presidential election: Kushner met with senior Russians during the campaign.
James Clapper, the former national intelligence director, described the general nature of communications between Kushner and Russian Federation as a red flag.
"This is now sinister".
Retired U.S. Navy Officer and MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance also voiced the same concern.
"That is indicative of espionage activity of an American citizen that is working in league with a hostile government", Nance said.
Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators past year as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources said.
This is not the first time reports of Kushner's relationships with Russians have surfaced: Kushner and Flynn met with Kislyak together in Trump Tower in December, and Kushner later met with Sergey Gorkov, who runs a bank that drew sanctions from the Obama administration after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.
Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.
This is the Trump administration's most concerted effort to contain the fallout from the Russian Federation scandal, which continues to distract from their own agenda and that of the GOP-controlled Congress.
The White House on Saturday declined to comment on the report.
The White House also faces a cascade of other worries related to the Russian Federation probe in the coming week.
Kislyak also attended a Trump campaign speech in Washington in April 2016 that Kushner attended.
Fired former FBI Director James Comey has promised to testify at an open session before the Senate Intelligence Committee, sometime after Monday's Memorial Day holiday.
The latest allegations involving Mr. Kushner, the husband of Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, emerged this week as federal investigators probe the Trump team's ties to Russian Federation in the wake of last year's unprecedented White House race. The New York Times could not immediately confirm these details.
On Saturday, the AP confirmed that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States of America presidential election, has requested information and documents Trump's campaign.
Kushner is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.
Kushner is Donald Trump's son-in-law and a trusted adviser to the president.
The Post also reported that Mr. Kushner had proposed the communications channel and that it took Mr. Kislyak by surprise.
Kushner also held a previously undisclosed meeting with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, who is chairman of VneshEconomBank, a Russian government institution that is under USA sanctions.
The Post's anonymous sources said that Kislyak was even taken aback by the suggestion. The claims have cast a shadow over his fledgling presidency, and are the subject of congressional and FBI investigations.
Brennan emphasised to the House Intelligence Committee: "These are contacts that might have been totally, totally innocent and benign as well as those that might have succumbed somehow to those Russian efforts".
John Brennan, who was Central Intelligence Agency director at the time, then started to notice that the Russians were reaching out to Trump campaign officials.
Trump has denied any collusion with Russian Federation, calling the probe "the greatest witch hunt" in American political history.