Jared Kushner under fire over reported talks with Russian ambassador

The Washington Post report also divulges that Kushner also sought a bug proof communication line with Kremlin (official residence of the President of the Russian Federation) before Trump took office.

In a separate development, the Washington Post also reported that the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, has asked Trump’s political organization to produce all documents, emails and phone records dating from his campaign’s launch in June 2015.

Reuters has reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak previous year, including two phone calls between April and November.

Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Mr. Kushner, said in a statement that her client “participated in thousands of calls in this time period”. He has no recollection of the calls as described.

Mr McLaughlan said, providing the allegations were true: “I don’t want to overstate because obviously there is a lot we don’t know”.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (C) sits alongside President Donald Trump (L) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (2nd L) as they prepare to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and the Saudi delegation at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

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But the Trumps were also pictured holding hands on other occasions on the trip.

The sources stress that the talk between Kushner and the Russian envoy about communications was focused on the USA response to the crisis in Syria and other policy-related matters.

Kushner discussed using Russian diplomatic properties to prevent United States intelligence services from monitoring communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to the Washington Post.

According to NBC News, Kushner was under the FBI’s investigations, which were launched July previous year and now stretched over the president’s family and close acquaintances. Flynn remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties and was interviewed by the FBI in January about his contacts with Kislyak.

Evan McMullin, an independent candidate in the 2016 presidential race, said the report raised the stakes for Mr Kushner.

Former Obama administration staffers told the Washington Post that Trump’s transition team never sought to set up communications with Russian Federation through the White House.

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Material from Reuters and Deutsche Presse-Agentur was used in this report.

According to officials who spoke to the Post, while Russian Federation frequently sends out misinformation, it’s not clear what leaking this information would accomplish, “particularly at a time when the Kremlin still saw the prospect of dramatically improved relations with Trump”, lending to its credibility.

Todd Hinnen, the former acting head of the Justice Department’s national security division, said it would be easy to read too much into investigators’ interest in Kushner.

One former United States senior intelligence official was quoted as saying that the suggestion of a secret channel with the Kremlin “seems extremely naive or absolutely crazy”. President Trump has yet to comment publically on the matter.

Other news sites have pointed outmore instances where Mrs Trump seemed reluctant to hold her husband’s hand.

As McMaster and Cohn took the stage in the briefing room, a television screen just over their shoulder played CNN, which at that moment aired a discussion of the Kushner-Russia story under a “breaking news” banner.

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