Published: Sat, May 27, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Kushner proposed secret communications with Russia

Kushner proposed secret communications with Russia

The Washington Post reported that according to the USA officials briefed on intelligence reports of Russia probe, Kushner and Russian ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel.

Per the Post, Kislyak said he talked to Kushner about installing secure lines between the Trump transition and Russian officials at foreign facilities to avoid conversations being monitored. This prompted investigators to ask USA intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans, the current us law enforcement official said.

The Senate committee's request was first reported by The Washington Post.

Michael Flynn, who resigned in disgrace from Trump's cabinet within 30 days of Trump's inauguration, was also in attendance at the early December meeting with Kislyak in Trump Tower. That clearly shows that the December conversations between Kislyak, Flynn and Kushner require closer investigation.

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. Friday's report reveals one of the things they discussed: the possibility of a direct and secret line of communication. Kislyak was said to be "taken aback" by the idea that "an American would use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate", the Post reported.

In a letter to Mr McCabe, Mr Chaffetz said he is seeking to review Mr Comey's memos and other written materials so he can "better understand" Mr Comey's communications with the White House and attorney general's office.

Miller reports that even Russians were concerned about the security risks of such an arrangement.

European leaders have been pressuring Mr Trump to stay in the accord during their meetings with him this week, arguing that America's leadership on climate is crucial. Of interest to FBI investigators is likely Kushner's several meetings with the Russian ambassador.

"It's easy to see why the Federal Bureau of Investigation would be intrigued by this", Miller says.

Neither The White House nor Flynn would comment on the story to The Post. Former President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russian Federation after it seized Crimea and started supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

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The probe into Russia's role in the U.S. election pierced the innermost circle of the White House Saturday, with reports that Donald Trump's son-in-law sought a secret communications line with Moscow - the most damning allegation yet from the scandal.

"How would he trust that the Russians would not leak it on their side?"

Flynn has so far refused to turn over documents related to Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking the Fifth Amendment in his rejection of a Senate subpoena.

Trump's actions relating to the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe have also been under scrutiny. The FBI is investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation in connection with Russia's alleged interference in the election.

"The most significant question seems to be whether Trump was aware of and/or directed Jared and Flynn's contacts w/ Kisylak", she said. However, Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations and Trump has said he has not collaborated with Russian Federation.

The White House referred calls to Kushner's attorney.

In a May 18 press conference prior to departing for a weeklong trip overseas, the president denied there was any collusion between himself or his campaign and Russian Federation.

"B$3 the time I left office on January 20, I had unresolved questions in my mind as to whether or not the Russians had been successful in getting USA persons involved in the campaign or not to work on their behalf, again, either in a witting or unwitting fashion".

"Believe me, there's no collusion", he continued.

And in another reported development, The New York Times reported on Friday that Oleg Deripaska, a Russian once close to Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, has offered to cooperate with congressional bodies probing alleged Russian election meddling.

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