Jared Kushner Didn't Suggest Russian Communications Channel in Meeting, Source Says

Randolph Lopez
June 2, 2017

Jared Kushner is understood to be under scrutiny by the FBI as part of its wider investigation into Russian links.

John McCain of Arizona is not pleased about reports that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, proposed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

The investigation into alleged Russian interference began at the request of the former administration over suspicion that Moscow may have helped sway the election in favor of Trump.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

"It essentially means creating a channel of communication with another government or with representatives of another government, that is discreet, that doesn't go through the official channels of diplomatic cables, of using ambassadors and more formal methods of communicating", says Peter Kornbluh, who co-wrote the book "Back Channel To Cuba: the Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana". The alleged meeting between Kislyak, Kushner and former United States presidential National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly took place in New York City in December 2016.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", he said on ABC's "This Week" programme. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing". This was first reported by the Washington Post last week. They said any secret communications could have left Kushner vulnerable to manipulation by Russian officials.

As CBS2's Hazel Sanchez reported, Trump was back on USA soil and back on the defensive Sunday. The technology would be through the Russian embassy.

Kushner's meeting with Kislyak was not initially disclosed when Trump's son-in-law sought a security clearance.

Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.

Kushner reportedly flew home Thursday from Rome with his wife, Ivanka Trump, and arrived in his West Wing office on Friday to meet with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to discuss the presidential trip.

Former CIA Director Mike Hayden, said: "What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have had to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or appropriate idea?"

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The unanswered questions about Russian Federation may add to declining USA relations with European allies.

The outlet reported that a permanent form of communication was never discussed.

The move came during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

While, this is the first time Kushner was slammed by a Republican, fellow GOP leader and South Carolina Sen.

Nevertheless, some critics have called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, while others say he should temporarily step aside while his ties to Moscow are being reviewed.

But Kushner's communications with the Russians have drawn the interest of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating allegations Russia tried to meddle in the U.S. election, and whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with agents of the Russian government.

"Various news reports of attorneys vetting Donald Trump's tweets are compliments of your #FakeNewsMedia & awful 'sources, '" he wrote.

In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, Conway said Dubke "made very clear that he would see through the president's global trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House".

Trump, who made no public appearances Sunday, was expected to deliver remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

But there have been a number of contacts - during the 2016 presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton and afterwards - between other top Trump aides and Russian officials.

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