Ex-ambassador: Russian Federation is a 'dark cloud' for Trump's administration

Ex-ambassador: Russian Federation is a 'dark cloud' for Trump's administration

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner sought a secret channel of communication last December between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, according to USA media reports.

According to both reports, Mr Trump's first national security advisor Michael Flynn was present at the meeting, held at Trump Tower in NY.

An FBI investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Moscow as well as Russia's alleged meddling in the United States 2016 presidential election recently pointed to a current White House official as a "person of interest" in the probe.

Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said Kushner had numerous contacts between April and November, so they do not recall any certain calls. The entire Russian diplomatic mission is under constant U.S. surveillance, including and specially its communication system.

Reuters reported Friday that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak a year ago, including two phone calls between April and November.

Besides the Kushner developments, which strikes at Trump's core by drawing his family into the crisis, the White House also faces a cascade of other worries in the coming week.

Eventually, according to a November Forbes magazine profile, the data operation helped the Trump campaign figure out where the candidate's message was resonating in states like MI and Wisconsin, places where conventional political wisdom suggested they would be wasting time and money. "So generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner", McMaster said.

In this May 23, 2017, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, and his wife Ivanka Trump watch during a visit by President Donald Trump to Yad Vashem to honor the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem.

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Kushner met with the head of Russian state-owned Vnesheconombank, Sergei Gorkov, at Trump Tower, also in December.

They include a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to Washington.

Last week, CNN published a report alleging that intercepted phone calls showed Russian officials bragged about influencing Flynn and by extension Trump's administration.

A lawyer for Jared Kushner says he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators looking into ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

"We have back-channel communications with any number of individual (countries)".

Burns continued, "If our intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had told the American people, as they did in January, in an unclassified letter to the American people that Russian Federation interfered (in our election), any normal president would have wanted to defend this country, investigate it fully".

Kushner has described how, beginning last June, he began testing the use of data targeting to sell Trump merchandise.

"While we disagree with General Flynn's lawyers' interpretation of taking the Fifth [Amendment]...it's even more clear that a business does not have a right to take the Fifth", said panel vice chairman Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.

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