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Jared Kushner Wanted To Establish Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin: Report

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Jared Kushner Wanted To Establish Secret Communications Channel With Kremlin: Report

Jared Kushner reportedly talked with a top Russian official in early December about establishing a private communications channel between President Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin.

The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser inquired about using Russian diplomatic facilities for the communications, apparently to shield the talks, U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Washington Post.




The Washington Post added:

“Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.

The White House disclosed the fact of the meeting only in March, playing down its significance. But people familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest.

Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team.

Neither the meeting nor the communications of Americans involved were under U.S. surveillance, officials said.

The White House declined to comment. Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, declined to comment. The Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.”

Reports earlier this week said Kushner is under scrutiny in the FBI’s ongoing investigation into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians.




Furthermore, there’s ample reason to believe that Trump secretly met with Russian spy Sergey Kislyak in Trump Tower in December. Here’s what we know:

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