Washington: Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, considered setting up a secret line of communications between the incoming administration and the Russian government, primarily to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Syria, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The Washington Post late Friday also reported that Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in New York in December and talked about setting up a secret communication channel between the Russians and the Trump transition team. The Post, citing unnamed U.S. officials who were briefed on intercepted Russian communications detailing the encounter, said the two men discussed using Russian diplomatic channels in the U.S. to hide the communications.
FBI scrutiny of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, brings the sprawling probe into Russia’s role during and after last year’s campaign into the heart of the White House. Kushner’s dealings with Russia have drawn the attention of FBI agents conducting the probe, according to a person familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.