Kushner 'proposed secret communication channel with Russia'


Kushner, a close adviser to Trump, went so far as to suggest using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from being monitored, the Post said, quoting USA officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Mr Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with ambassador Sergei Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials said. Two of the three meetings were phone calls that happened somewhere between April and November of 2016.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has hit headlines recently as a newly appointed special council is beginning its investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, with Kushner a focus of the probe - according to the Washington Post.

He is said to be under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of its inquiry into Russian interference favouring Mr Trump's win.Reports in the U.S. say investigators believe he has relevant information, but he is not necessarily suspected of a crime. On Thursday it was reported that he is a person of interest in the FBI's sprawling Russian Federation investigation.

Obama officials told Washington Post reporters that the best they can surmise is perhaps Trump's campaign was afraid it'd get out to the media that they were trying to talk to the Russians.

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"Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period", attorney Jamie Gorlick said. Reuters previously reported only Flynn'€™s involvement in those discussions.

The request from the Senate Intelligence Committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr Trump has suggested he is being unfairly treated in the Russian Federation investigation, claiming that he was the victim of the "greatest witch hunt" in United States political history.

As the Washington Post noted, intelligence experts say the move would show "staggering naivete" on the part of Jared Kushner if true.

A staffer said White House officials are starting to realize the Russian Federation probe, and fallout over the administration's attempts to push back against the investigation, isn't going away.

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But Kushner is not the subject of a criminal investigation.

That was based on intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials, although neither the meeting nor the communications of the Americans involved were under USA surveillance, officials told the Post.

At the same time, there was speculation among some experts and foreign affairs correspondents that Kushner could indeed be facing prison time if the investigation continues to unravel.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Gorelick said in a statement Thursday. The bank has been under USA sanctions since 2014. Reuters cited seven current and former US officials.

This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee asked the Trump campaign's treasurer to preserve and produce all documents - including phone records and emails - dating to its official start in June 2015, according to one person associated with the campaign.

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The first from the New York Times said that Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to Paul Manafort, Mr Trump's former campaign manager, offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in return for immunity.