Russian Ambassador Reveals Kushner Sought Communications Backchannel with Kremlin

The FBI investigation into top Trump advisor Jared Kushner just got a hell of a lot more interesting.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, who met with several senior members of the Trump White House and cabinet — like Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — apparently told the Putin regime that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, wanted to set up a secret communications backchannel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

According to the Washington Post, Kushner relayed the request to Kislyak, whom he met at least once in December following the presidential election, who in turn relayed it to the Kremlin. Kushner’s request was learned through intercepts of Russian communications obtained by U.S. intelligence agencies, and will likely become a chief focus of the FBI’s investigation into Kushner’s role in alleged collusion between Team Trump and the Russian government.

The idea of a communications backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin has surfaced before. Erik Prince — the founder of controversial mercenary firm Blackwater and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — apparently held a secret meeting on the island of Seychelles just nine days prior to Trump’s inauguration with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates to set up a communications backchannel between Russian President Vladimir Putin and then-President-elect Trump.

Kushner’s meetings with both Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, the CEO of Russian financial giant Vnesheconombank, are a chief focus of the FBI’s ongoing probe, now headed by former FBI Director and special counsel Robert Mueller. Attorneys for Kushner have said that he is willing to comply with any and all investigations, and will supply any testimony and documents that are requested.

 

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at tom.v.cahill@gmail.com, or follow him on Facebook by clicking here