Concerns over Jared Kushner's secret Russian 'back channel'

Lance Nichols
June 5, 2017

The Washington Post and other media outlets reported over the weekend that Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, suggested to Russia's ambassador to the US that the Kremlin and Trump's transition team set up a secret communications channel and meet in Russian diplomatic facilities in order to avoid USA intelligence operations.

But Conway downplayed the reports of Kushner's proposals to Russian officials as falling within the realm of ordinary White House work.

"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.

According to the Journal, Kushner's "vast" portfolio reportedly hasn't slowed down as the White House attempts to control media probes into Kushner's reported meeting to establish a Kremlin back-channel, as well as his meeting on an undisclosed topic with a Russian banker sanctioned by the U.S.in 2014. "And he made it very clear that he would see through to the president's global trip".

"Jared is doing a great job.", he said. National security adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Saturday that so-called back-channeling was not unusual. "I'm going to go talk to the Russian embassy because I don't trust American channels, '" Mudd said on CNN's "The Situation Room". "In addition to that, and perhaps most importantly, he is a very good person".


Gorkov is the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of USA government sanctions.

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper said Kushner's links with Moscow "certainly arouses your concern about what is going on, given Russian Federation... is our primary adversary". Now that Kushner finds himself embroiled in an FBI investigation, LaFraniere said how he approaches those storms depends on who you ask.

The channel would have been used primarily to discuss U.S.

"I think we know with this president that blood is thicker than water", said Jonathan Allen, an author and a columnist for Roll Call.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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