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Trump considers major changes amid escalating Russian Federation crisis

Trump considers major changes amid escalating Russian Federation crisis

Mr. Kushner allegedly proposed establishing a secure, secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin during a December 2016 meeting with Mr. Kislyak in New York City, the Post reported.

Reuters corroborated the allegation in its own report late Friday and added that Mr. Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Mr. Kislyak during and after Mr. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, citing seven current and former us officials.

"We're not going to comment on Jared", White House Economic Council Director Gary Cohn told reporters in an off-camera press briefing Saturday.

The FBI declined to comment, while the Russian Embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son in law and closest adviser, talked with the Russian ambassador in December about setting up a back channel of communications between Washington and the Kremlin. But they did not dismiss the idea that the administration would go outside normal USA government and diplomatic channels for communications with other countries.

Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, also attended Kushner's meeting with Kislyak a year ago. Kushner "suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications", the Post reported, in an apparent attempt to try to shield discussions during the transition from monitoring.

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The Post report cites anonymous US officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

The White House acknowledged the meeting in March, but "played down it's significance", the Post reported, adding that the FBI now considers the meeting - and another with a Russian banker - worthy of investigation.

The FBI, in the course of its investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election, is now also looking at Kushner's multiple roles in Trump's campaign operation and his contacts with Russian officials.

Per the reports, Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergei Kislyak, about establishing a secret line of communications to avoid being monitored.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said he doesn't find back-channel communications with Russian Federation concerning.

"The next question is whether the president authorized this, because no one stands between Trump and Kushner in the chain of command".

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The proposal was never acted upon, according to the Washington Post that first reported the story, but the actions of Mr Kusher are coming under increasing scrutiny as part of the FBI investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in last year's Presidential election.

Kushner met at least once in December with the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and he also met past year with Sergey Gorkov, chairman of VneshEconomBank, a Russian government-owned institution that has been under USA sanctions since July 2014.

That investigation, and those in both the House of Representatives and the Senate into the election and potential ties between Mr Trump's team and Moscow, have dogged Mr Trump and his team for months and have led to a number of negative headlines. "He has no recollection of the calls as described", Jamie Gorelick said. But officials said that it's unclear what Kislyak would have had to gain by falsely characterizing his contacts with Kushner to Moscow, particularly at a time when the Kremlin still saw the prospect of dramatically improved relations with Trump.

Mr Flynn was sacked in February after misleading the White House about his contact with Mr Kislyak.

McMaster said he could not talk about Kushner's talks with Russian Federation because "it's not something that I've in any way been involved with or that I have any knowledge of".

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