Report: Jared Kushner met with Russian ambassador to US, proposed secret communications channel with Kremlin

According to The Washington Post, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior-level adviser Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the US and proposed a secret communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin.
Kushner Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Friday), The Washington Post reported that a US intelligence report revealed that Jared Kushner met with Russia’s Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak and discussed the possibility of creating a secret communications channel between US President Donald Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin.

Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that Trump’s son-in-law and adviser made the offer during a meeting between the two last December. The information was attained by US intelligence as a result of intercepting Russia’s calls. Kislyak said that Kushner offered that they use Russian diplomatic facilities in the US to transfer messages between them. According to The Washington Post, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was also present at the meeting.

Kislyak Photo credit: CNN/ Channel 2 News

According to the report, Kislyak was deterred by the proposal as it would allow the US to use the Russian communications system at the embassy and the consulate, a move that could endanger both Moscow and Trump's team. The intelligence report stated that the Russians tend to feed American intelligence with misinformation when they suspect they are being monitored. However, senior-level officials claim that Kislyak didn’t seem to have anything to gain from lying about such information.



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