In December, Jared Kushner asked Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about using Russian diplomatic facilities to establish a secret and secure communications line between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported in an explosive new story Friday.
Some of President Donald Trump's top aides are refusing to address reports that Trump's son-in-law - White House adviser Jared Kushner - and a Russian diplomat may have discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.
A Kushner attorney told Reuters he could not remember any of the undisclosed contacts, saying Kushner received "thousands of calls" during that time period.
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The Washington Post had already reported FBI investigators were focusing on meetings Mr Kushner held past year with Mr Kislyak, as well as a banker from Moscow, Sergei Gorkov.
It is reported that Kushner met at least once in December with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak apart from meeting up with a Russian banker Sergey Gorkov past year.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings". The newspaper noted that Russian diplomats would not want US officials to have an inside look at how their communications systems are designed. He has no recollection of the calls as described.
It is unclear who first proposed the communications channel, but the people familiar with the meeting said that the idea was to have Flynn speak directly with a senior military official in Moscow to discuss Syria and other security issues.
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That request never led to anything more consequential and legal experts said that despite its obvious peculiarity, it did not amount to criminal act.
"(There's) a sense that if there's damning information out there it's going to come out one way or another - someone leaks it to the (New York) Times, or the president just blurts it out in an interview", said one White House staffer.
The Washington Post was first to report on Friday that Kushner participated in that conversation. One White House official at the time characterized it as a brief courtesy meeting and confirmed that Flynn was in the room. Russian officials are under close surveillance by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and word of the meeting seemed nearly certain to leak out.
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