Jared Kushner sought secret communications line to Russia

US government intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of meddling in last year's election in Trump's favor.
By Jeremy Morrow | May 29, 2017
A Washington Post report says that Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret and bug-proof communications line with Russia.

The allegations are the latest in a series of claims of potential collusion between Donald Trump's campaign team and Russia.

US government intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of meddling in last year's election in Trump's favor.

According to the report, Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the secure communications.

Citing anonymous US officials, the Post said that the alleged proposal was made at a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in New York with Russian envoy Sergei Kislyak, weeks before Trump assumed office.

According to the Post, Kislyak, whose communications with his superiors about the meeting were intercepted by US intelligence agents, "reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion."

Kushner, a close adviser of President Donald Trump, is a real estate developer who is married to the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The 36-year-old is a trusted behind-the-scene counsel to Trump, involved in everything from the Middle East peace process to streamlining the US bureaucracy.

The December meeting was also attended by Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who resigned after just 25 days on the job.

Flynn is also a target of the FBI's Russia probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and President Vladimir Putin's government.

Kushner also had a meeting that month with Sergei Gorkov, chairman of VneshEconomBank, a Russian state-owned bank that has been under US sanctions since July 2014.

Both meetings have since been publicly acknowledged by the White House, but Kushner initially failed to declare them when submitting forms to obtain a security clearance.

His lawyer later said it was a mistake, telling the FBI that he would amend the forms.

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