Kushner proposed secret communication channel with Kremlin

Meanwhile, the Post also reported that Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had proposed establishing a secret communication channel with Russian Federation ahead of Trump's inauguration on January 20.

Kislyak was reportedly taken aback by the proposal of allowing an American to use Russian communications equipment, which the Post noted could have carried security risks for both the Trump transition team and Moscow.

Gorelick did not address the allegation that Kushner wanted to create a back channel for communications, and the White House has not addressed the newest reports.

"The Post reported in April that Erik Prince, the founder of the private security firm Blackwater, now called Academi, and an informal adviser to the Trump transition team, met on January 11 - nine days before Trump's inauguration - in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean with a representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin".

Reports that Kushner and former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn wanted to set up a secret communication channel with Moscow are based on a report Kislyak supposedly sent to his superiors that was intercepted by USA intelligence services.

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and two eldest sons have faced scrutiny from the FBI in its ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The White House did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Kushner is Donald Trump's son-in-law and a trusted adviser to the president. This report adds to the growing number of questions he might have to face when he gets back.

Todd Hinnen, the former acting head of the Justice Department's national security division, said it would be easy to read too much into investigators' interest in Kushner. Kushner was an active agent who withheld the scope of his connections to Russian officials and who attempted to set up a secret communication channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin.

'The White House has said it's completely normal and inconsequential - and it is fairly normal for an adviser to a then candidate.to have those kinds of meetings with diplomats.

The Russian ambassador was surprised by the request, according to reports citing unidentified United States officials. Moreover, the sheer weight of these daily revelations is taking attention away from other issues, and they have disrupted any progress with Trump's agenda.

Two people familiar with those 18 contacts said Mr Flynn and Mr Kushner were among the Trump associates who spoke to the ambassador by telephone. The FBI is investigating possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation in connection with Russia's alleged interference in the election. The National Security Agency monitors the communications of Russian officials overseas.

The Senate Intelligence Committee is seeking documents from Flynn related to his interactions with Russian officials.

Officials from the previous administration believe that Kushner may have made the request as a response to rampant leaks from staff.

The president has also described the various inquiries into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between Moscow and some of his campaign aides as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!".


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