The Washington Post reported Friday that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner allegedly discussed with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak about setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and Moscow.
The claim comes from intercepts of communications between Kislyak and Moscow, in which the Russian ambassador told his superiors that Kushner made the proposal in a meeting at Trump Tower.
The meeting allegedly took place in December last year and was also attended by former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Daily Caller reports:
Kislyak told his superiors Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S., the officials briefed on the intelligence told The Washington Post. Kislyak was reportedly surprised at the suggestion. The use Russian communications equipment he said Kushner proposed using carried security risks for both Russia and the Trump transition team.
Washington Post reporter Adam Entous said Russia could have intentionally exaggerated what actually happened in that meeting.
Adversaries to the U.S. routinely put false information into their communications to see if they are being surveilled by the Americans, according to Entous, one of three reporters who wrote the story, told CNN on Friday.
The Washington Post also reported that the Senate intelligence committee has requested Trump’s campaign organization to submit all records dating from June 2015 when he launched his presidential bid.