Jared Kushner discussed setting up secret communications with Russian ambassador

President Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to communicate with the Kremlin through secure transmission systems at Russian diplomatic facilities to ostensibly evade US monitoring during the presidential transition, the Washington Post reported today.

By early this year, Kushner had become a focus of the FBI investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, said two other sources - one current and one former law enforcement official.

The WaPo based the report, which came a day after the paper reported Kushner's contacts were a focus of the FBI investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, on US intercepts of conversations that Ambassador Sergey Kislyak had with his bosses back in Moscow.

"Trump has no choice but to immediately fire Kushner, whose failure to report this episode on his security clearance is reason enough for a criminal investigation", DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson said in a statement.

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The December meeting was also attended by Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who resigned after just 25 days on the job and who is at the centre of the FBI's Russian Federation probe into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Kislyak, whose communications with his superiors about the meeting were intercepted by the USA, "reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion", according to the Post.

The White House disclosed the meeting between the Trump aides and Kislyak in March and played down its significance. Flynn, who is under investigation, was dismissed in February amid reports that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his contacts with Kislyak. He has no recollection of the calls as described.

Investigators are also interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Washington Post and NBC News.

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Kislyak also attended a Trump campaign speech in 2016 that Kushner attended.

Kushner's was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the president's son-in-law's dealings with Kislyak and other Russians. The White House did not respond to requests for comment on the reports.

The alleged proposal was made at a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY with Russia's Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, weeks before Trump took office. The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials. The bank is under US sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case in which one of its NY executives pleaded guilty to spying and was jailed.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into Russia-Trump campaign connections, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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