RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TOLD KREMLIN THAT JARED KUSHNER WANTED A SECRET BACK-CHANNEL FOR COMMUNICATIONS

Jared Kushner and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak discussed setting up a secret and secure communication methodthat would connect Trump campaign associates with Russian officials.

Both men spoke of using Russian diplomatic locations for this very purpose.

Mr. Kislyak told Russian officials of Mr. Kushner’s unusual request in early December. Former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn also attended this meeting.

The U.S. intelligence intercepted these communications from Mr. Kislyak at the time.

In March, the White House acknowledged that the meeting between Mr. Kushner and Ambassador Kislyak happened, but played down its importance.

Mr. Kushner, President Donald Trump’s closest adviser, and son-in-law failed to mention this meeting with Mr. Kislyak on his SF86 security clearance form, something his attorney called an oversight.

The intelligence community closely follows Russian officials domestically and internationally. The FBI follows Russia activities in the U.S. and the N.S.A. follows Russia’s activity abroad.

Anyone who enters or exits a Russian Embassy in the United States is known to the FBI.

A former senior intelligence said Mr. Kushner “seems extremely naive or absolutely crazy,” according to the Washington Post.

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