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Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts With Russia Envoy
Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts With Russia Envoy

Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts With Russia Envoy

Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts With Russia Envoy

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former US officials told Reuters.
Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November last year, two of the sources said. 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.
Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators last year as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s connections with Russian officials, the two sources said. While the FBI is investigating Kushner’s contacts with Russia, he is not currently a target of that investigation, the current law-enforcement official said.
The new information about the two calls as well as other details uncovered by Reuters shed light on when and why Kushner first attracted FBI attention and show that his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were more extensive than the White House has acknowledged.
The FBI declined to comment, while the Russian Embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts. The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
Kushner’s attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said Kushner did not remember any calls with Kislyak between April and November.
“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. In March, the White House said Kushner and Flynn had met Kislyak at Trump Tower in December to establish “a line of communication”.
Kislyak also attended a Trump campaign speech in Washington in April 2016 that Kushner attended. The White House did not acknowledge any other contacts between Kushner and Russian officials.

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