President Donald Trump’s advisor Jared Kushner and Russia’s Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, reportedly had at least three previously undisclosed contacts, in which they talked about setting up a secret communications channel to make certain no one could listen in on their pre-inauguration discussions. Reuters citing seven current and former U.S. officials.
Those contacts placed during and after the 2016 presidential campaign between April and November last year. They included two phone calls.
According to Kislyak who reported to his superiors in Moscow, Kushner was the one who wanted the secure channel to be set up using Russian diplomatic facilities in the US, according to the explosive report.
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In those meeting also attended Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Trump later forced Flynn to resign for taking Russian money and doing public relations work for Turkey for payment and more.
The report said Kisylak was ‘shocked’ by the idea of letting an American use Russian communication gears it could cause security risks for the two countries.
Kushner who is also Trump’s son-in-law had become a focus of the FBI investigation early this year when FBI start looking into collusion between Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Two law enforcement official said. One current and the other former, but close to the matter.
Kushner failed to disclose the meetings on his security clearance forms.
What you need to know about Jared Kushner’s ties to Russia. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post)