Kushner sought secret communications with Russia

Kushner discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Russia's ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a source with knowledge of the matter confirmed to CNN after The Washington Post reported Friday, citing U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

And Reuters reports that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador past year, including two phone calls between April and November.

According to Reuters Mr Kushner also met Sergei Nikolaevich Gorkov, the head of Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank and a trained intelligence officer appointed by Vladimir Purin, at Trump Tower in December.

As a newly appointed special counsel is beginning his investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and close adviser, has become a focus of the probe, according to The Washington Post.

Kushner's lawyer, while not addressing the alleged communications channel, said Kushner would cooperate with any investigations. Of interest to the Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely Mr Kushner's several meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

This is part of the FBI's ongoing inquiry into alleged meddling by the Kremlin in the election, media reports said. White House officials insisted the briefing be conducted off-camera, preventing photographers or television cameras from documenting it.

Gorelick also said he's asked Reuters for more specific dates so that he can review the information and respond.

Both those meetings have since been publicly acknowledged by the White House, but Kushner initially failed to declare them on forms submitted to obtain a security clearance.

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser past year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy.


White House officials are also trying to find ways to revive Trump's stalled policy agenda in Congress and to more broadly overhaul the way the White House communicates with the public. Trump said. "We're going to have a lot of strength and we're going to have a lot of peace". Former President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after it seized Crimea and started supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner allegedly wanted to have a secret communication channel with the Russians weeks after the United States presidential polls, according to a media report.

Separately, there were at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked people in the seven months before the November 8 presidential election, including six calls with Kislyak, sources told Reuters earlier this month.

Kislyak told higher-ups in Moscow that Kushner's proposal came as a surprise to him, the report said.

The Times reported that Flynn was at the centre of the idea. This prompted investigators to ask USA intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current US law enforcement official said.

If the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to talk to Jared Kushner about his Russian contacts, they won't have to track down the president's son-in-law.

And, the "Obama administration officials say members of the Trump transition team never approached them about arranging a secure communications channel with their Russian contacts, possibly because of concerns about leaks", the Post reported. US presidents traditionally hold news conferences when they travel overseas.

"That's something I'm not prepared to talk about", McMaster said when he was first asked about the allegations.

Meanwhile, some leading Republicans cast doubts on the Post story's plausibility, suggesting the whole episode may be a Russian ruse to throw America's political system into an even deeper tailspin.

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