Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a senior adviser at the White House, was reportedly the “senior transition official” who instructed former national security adviser Michael Flynn to contact foreign governments, including Russia, about a resolution before the United Nations Security Council. Flynn was told to convince Russia to either oppose or delay the vote in Dec. 2016, reports Bloomberg.
Two sources tell Bloomberg’s Eli Lake that Kushner “called Flynn to tell him he needed to get every foreign minister or ambassador from a country on the U.N. Security Council to delay or vote against the resolution.”
Lake notes that “much of this appeared to be coordinated also with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose envoys shared their own intelligence about the Obama administration’s lobbying efforts to get member states to support the resolution with the Trump transition team.”
Court documents filed Friday said a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team directed Flynn to make contact with Russian government officials, but the member was not identified.
Flynn pleaded guilty Friday morning to “willfully and knowingly” making “false, fictitious and fraudulent statements” to the FBI about his conversations with Russia’s ambassador, according to court filings.
According to special counsel Robert Mueller’s short two-page federal court filing on Thursday, Flynn is accused of lying when he told investigators that he did not ask then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak “to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the U.S. had imposed against Russia,” and that he didn’t recall Kislyak telling him Russia had decided to moderate its response as a result of his request.
ABC News reported Friday that Flynn planned to tell investigators Trump, as a presidential candidate, directed his contacts with Russian officials.