Kushner Pitched Russians on Secret Communications Line: Report

He allegedly wanted to use Russian facilities in US to avoid detection
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2017 6:51 PM CDT
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, looks on during a meeting between US President Donald Trump and leaders at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center,...   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – On Thursday, the Washington Post reported the Russia investigation was zeroing in on Jared Kushner. On Friday, the Post explained why that might be: Kushner reportedly proposed setting up a secret communications line between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The Post cites "US officials briefed on intelligence reports." Kushner is said to have wanted a secure line and suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the US in order to avoid having communications monitored.

President Trump's son-in-law and adviser reportedly made the pitch to Kislyak during a meeting in early December at Trump Tower that Michael Flynn also attended. Despite apparently being "taken aback" by Kushner's proposal, Kislyak reported it to Moscow. Officials learned of it from intercepts of Russian communications. The White House has declined to comment on the report. Read the full Post story here. (Read more Jared Kushner stories.)

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