Jared Kushner, who is U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, had around three unrevealed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak in mid-2016 till after the presidential elections, Reuters reports.
Seven sources close to the White House asserted that Kushner had contacts with the Russian ambassador during and after 2016 Trump campaign. Two of the sources acknowledge that Kushner had two phone calls between April and November, about which he was secretive. On the other hand, two different sources: one current and one former law enforcement official, said that FBI investigators were looking into Trump campaign’s ties with Russia.
Kushner came to the FBI’s attention when looking into alleged collusion between former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s and Russian officials, the two sources said told Reuters.
Although Kushner came to the FBI’s focus at some point, there were never accusations and he does not lie in the main focus of the FBI’s investigations, the current law enforcement official to Reuters.
“Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information,” she said.
White House’s record of contacts with Russia displayed a discussion took place at Trump Tower between Kushner and Flynn, on one hand, and Kislayak to build “a line of communication.” Moreover, Kushner and Kayak attended at Trump campaign speech in Washington in April 2016.
Six sources told Reuters that the Kushner-Kislayak conversation revolved around fighting terrorism and boosting U.S.-Russian economic relations.
According to Reuters, Kushner and Flynn also discussed with Kislyak the prospects of digging a back channel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could keep diplomats and intelligence agencies aloof.
According to NBC News, Kushner was under the FBI’s investigations, which were launched July last year and now stretched over the president’s family and close acquaintances.
Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said Kushner had numerous contacts between April and November, so they do not recall any certain calls.