McMaster 'Not Concerned' With New Reports About Jared Kushner, Russia
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 12:27
In an off-camera news briefing on May 27, national security adviser H.R. McMaster was asked about President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner seeking to set up a secret communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin.
The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.
The conversation between Mr. Kushner and the ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, took place during a meeting at Trump Tower that Mr. Trump's presidential transition team did not acknowledge at the time.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to sabotage the campaign of Mr. Trump's presidential opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and the U.S. House, Senate and Justice Department are each investigating possible collusion between the Trump team and the Kremlin.
The meeting took place at Trump Tower in NY before November's Presidential Election with former national security adviser Michael Flynn also in attendance.
Mr Flynn was pushed out of the White House in February after officials said he misled vice president Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. It isn't clear who proposed the communications channel, according to the New York Times, but the goal was to have Flynn discuss directly with senior officials in Moscow about Syria and other issues. Moreover, Kushner and Kayak attended at Trump campaign speech in Washington in April 2016.
Kushner has acknowledged meeting during the transition with the Russian ambassador to Washington, but Reuters, citing seven current and former usa officials, reported Friday that Kushner had several previously undisclosed contacts with Russia's ambassador - including two phone calls between April and November of 2016. "He has no recollection of the calls as described", Gorelick told Politico in a statement.
Before the election, Kislyak's undisclosed discussions with Kushner and Flynn focused on fighting terrorism and improving US-Russian economic relations, six of the sources said.
Reince Priebus could be the next Trump administration official implicated in what appears to be a White House cover-up.
Reports in the United States say investigators believe he has relevant information, but he is not necessarily suspected of a crime.
CNN reported last Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also interested in how Russian Federation helped use computer bots to target and push negative information on Mrs Hillary Clinton (and positive things about Mr Donald Trump) on Facebook.
She added: "Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period".
The Post and other media have been careful to note that their sources did not say Kushner was a "target" of the investigation, nor that he was accused of any wrongdoing.
People who apply for security clearances, as Kushner did, are required to report such contacts.