'An Apparent Move to Shield Their Pre-Inauguration Discussions From Monitoring'
In early December, Jared Kushner told Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak he wanted to establish a secret, backchannel line of communications with the Kremlin, according to an exclusive report Friday evening by the Washington Post. The purpose: to prevent U.S. intelligence monitoring from discovering their communications.
"Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring," the Washington Post reports.
"Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications," the report notes. That conversation occurred on December 1 or December 2, at Trump Tower. "The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser."
As NCRM reported, nearly one month later President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia, which included ejecting 35 Russian intelligence operatives who were given 72 hours to leave the country. Obama also shuttered two Russian government-run compounds, one in Long Island and one in Maryland.
The Post reports for reasons unknown, it is believed the backchannel was not established.
Some responses by journalists and intelligence experts via Twitter:
Reminder: WaPo reported in April Blackwater's founder held a secret meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel.https://t.co/14m0ZLqqhZâ€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 26, 2017
This might be the most shocking revelation yet.â€” Patrick Thornton (@pwthornton) May 26, 2017
Trump's son in law suggested to Russians to use their facilities to avoid detection. pic.twitter.com/tCUlWql8Ca
Notice the White House and Russian embassy did not deny this story. https://t.co/dIwOjbLHa9â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 26, 2017
He then omits this on his SF86.â€” Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 26, 2017
When called on it, his lawyers call it an "error."
I'm gonna go ahead and say Kushner didn't leave this meeting off his SF86 by accident.â€” Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 26, 2017
CIA/NSA vet just sent me a note re: Kushner. "GOOD GRIEF. This is serious."â€” Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) May 26, 2017
An unmonitored back channel to the Kremlin = an attempt to subvert the US intelligence community. Guessing the FBI won't take that lightly.â€” Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) May 26, 2017
If true, we may now have an idea of who the real agent of a foreign power is in the White House. https://t.co/FN5dIdLSVkâ€” Patrick Eddington (@PGEddington) May 26, 2017
Don't believe for a second that this is about wanting better, benign relations with Moscow. This is about hiding deep disloyalty to America.â€” Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) May 26, 2017
I don't get hyperbolic, I don't talk impeachment, but serious question for the constitutional lawyers in the group: how is this not treason? https://t.co/G81Sto5kDBâ€” Cody Keenan (@codykeenan) May 26, 2017
I guess we now know why Kushner wanted to fire Comey and end the Russia investigationâ€” Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) May 26, 2017
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