Jared Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Russia, new report alleges

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May 27, 2017

KushnerJared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, was seeking a private communications channel with the Kremlin, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

Kushner and Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, spoke of the possibility of coordinating a secret and secure communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Post.

At the same time, a new Reuters report stated that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November 2016. Seven current and former U.S. officials confirmed the information with Reuters.

Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s attorney, told Reuters that her client couldn’t recall any phone conversations with Kislyak between April and November of last year.

“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,” Gorelick said.

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  • Philomena says:

    Remember when Barack Obama was setting up back channel communications with Russia?
    As the mainstream liberal left media begins anther assault on Trump’s imaginary Russia connections, because of Bezos funded Washington Post revelations that the then President-elect’s son-in-law/advisor Jared Kushner was involved in possibly setting up back channel communications with Russia, everyone in the mainstream conveniently forgets that neo-liberal messiah Barack Obama was busy doing wth same exact thing…with the help of Henry Kissinger.

    The Bloomberg article below is full of fantasy analysis about Russia annexing Crimea, invading Ukraine, and having an economy that is “tanking” due to sanctions.

    2017 has proven that Bloomberg is well off the mark on so many points, but the moral of the story is poignant.

    What is acceptable for Obama and Kerry is not acceptable for Trump, Kushner or Tillerson.

    Via Bloomberg, December 31, 2014…

    President Barack Obama’s administration has been working behind the scenes for months to forge a new working relationship with Russia, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin has shown little interest in repairing relations with Washington or halting his aggression in neighboring Ukraine.
    This month, Obama’s National Security Council finished an extensive and comprehensive review of U.S policy toward Russia that included dozens of meetings and input from the State Department, Defense Department and several other agencies, according to three senior administration officials. At the end of the sometimes-contentious process, Obama made a decision to continue to look for ways to work with Russia on a host of bilateral and international issues while also offering Putin a way out of the stalemate over the crisis in Ukraine.
    “I don’t think that anybody at this point is under the impression that a wholesale reset of our relationship is possible at this time, but we might as well test out what they are actually willing to do,” a senior administration official told me. “Our theory of this all along has been, let’s see what’s there. Regardless of the likelihood of success.” Leading the charge has been Secretary of State John Kerry. This fall, Kerry even proposed going to Moscow and meeting with Putin directly. The negotiations over Kerry’s trip got to the point of scheduling, but ultimately were scuttled because there was little prospect of demonstrable progress.
    In a separate attempt at outreach, the White House turned to an old friend of Putin’s for help. The White House called on former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss having him call Putin directly, according to two officials. It’s unclear whether Kissinger actually made the call. The White House and Kissinger both refused to comment for this column.
    Kerry has been the point man on dealing with Russia because his close relationship with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov represents the last remaining functional diplomatic channel between Washington and Moscow. They meet often, often without any staff members present, and talk on the phone regularly. Obama and Putin, on the other hand, are known to have an intense dislike for each other and very rarely speak.
    In several conversations with Lavrov, Kerry has floated an offer to Russia that would pave the way for a partial release of some of the most onerous economic sanctions. Kerry’s conditions included Russia adhering to September’s Minsk agreement and ceasing direct military support for the Ukrainian separatists. The issue of Crimea would be set aside for the time being, and some of the initial sanctions that were put in place after Crimea’s annexation would be kept in place. We are willing to isolate the issues of Donetsk and Luhansk from the issue of Crimea,” another senior administration official told me, naming two regions in Eastern Ukraine under separatist control. “If there was a settlement on Donetsk and Luhansk, there could be a removal of some sanctions while maintaining sanctions with regard to Crimea. That represents a way forward for Putin.”
    Meanwhile, Kerry has been proposing increased U.S.-Russian cooperation on a wide range of international issues. Earlier this month, he invited Lavrov to a last-minute diplomatic confab in Rome to discuss the the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    After one meeting with Lavrov in Paris in October, Kerry announced that he had discussed potential U.S.-Russian cooperation on Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Yemen. But the apparent warming was overshadowed by Lavrov’s quick denial of Kerry’s claim that Russia had agreed to assist in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Iraq.
    Kerry has seemed more enthusiastic about mending ties with Russia than Obama himself. After the president gave a blistering critique of Russian behavior in a major United Nations speech, saying that “Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition,” Kerry urged Lavrov to ignore his boss’s remarks, according to Lavrov. “Kerry said we have so many serious things to discuss that of course that was unfortunate, let’s not focus on that,” Lavrov told Russian reporters.

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    It was quite O.K. for O’Bama to be “more flexible after the election”, and for Hillary to O.K. the sale of American uranium 238 to Russia, but it is an impeaceable offence if the Trumps so much as says Hello to any Russian. What hyprocisy from those who are guilty of so many misdemeanors and criminal actions.

  • Philomena says:

    OBAMA HAD A BACK CHANNEL WITH HAMAS. DID YOU FORGET THAT? THEN READ ON.

    CBS NEWS January 9, 2009, 4:03 AM
    Obama To Open Back-Channel With Hamas?
    4709174President-elect Barack Obama’s team is likely to seek a back-channel, clandestine dialogue with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
    If confirmed (which they are unlikely to be in the near future – if ever), covert talks with Hamas would reverse a long-held Bush administration policy of completely refusing to deal with the group.

    Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip for more than a year, since it seized power from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction after an election. The Guardian report says Obama’s likely Mideast-envoy-to-be, Richard Haass (at left), is in favor of creating a dialogue with the group.

    “This is going to be an administration that is committed to negotiating with ¬critical parties on critical issues,” another source with knowledge of recent discussions among Obama’s foreign policy team told the newspaper.

    According to the sources who spoke to the Guardian, U.S. intelligence agenciescould be used as a channel for communications with Hamas — communications which would likely never be acknowledged.

    The current fighting in Gaza may serve only to solidify the Obama team’s resolve to seek a quiet discussion with Hamas.

    Israel has dropped a stunning array of explosives on the tiny Palestinian territory — allegedly “smart” bombs that “pinpoint” Hamas targets, and for days now Israeli ground forces have also operated inside the Gaza Strip. But rockets keep falling on Israel.

    Israeli officials insist their goal is to crush Hamas, and they have certainly dealt a severe blow to the group’s operations. But having now killed about 760 Palestinians – less than a third of whom were confirmed militants — they’ve also created a whole lot of sympathy for Hamas’ cause in the Palestinian territories and in the neighboring Arab states. For that reason, the group will never be completely destroyed by military means alone; the very attempt to do so ensures that it will always regenerate. Talking to the militants, Obama’s team seems to hope, may be the way to turn Hamas away from it’s modus operandi of terror.

    But there are no guarantees it will work. Hamas could just as easily use any lull in fighting — under cover of clandestine negotiations — to clandestinely re-arm, then pull out of the quiet conversation (which the U.S. would still be unable to even acknowledge, more so in fact) and then go back attacking Israel.

    Welcome to the White House, Mr. Obama. Roll the dice.

  • Askjrsk says:

    They are not going to probe NSA spying by OBAMA but want PRESIDENT TRUMPS campaign documents? Who is running this circus show. We the people are paying for a show to see how inept these government people really are. Is any one else outraged? I for one am livid!!!!

  • Bob says:

    Of course Kushface wanted a secret communication channel. As a Russian Agent, he didn’t mind the Kremlin knowing about his underhanded dealings with Russian banks, HE JUST DIDN’T WANT OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES TO KNOW! Start building the gallows on the White House lawn!!!

    1. Philomena says:

      CBS NEWS January 9, 2009, 4:03 AM
      Obama To Open Back-Channel With Hamas?
      4709174President-elect Barack Obama’s team is likely to seek a back-channel, clandestine dialogue with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, according to a report in Britain’s Guardian newspaper.
      If confirmed (which they are unlikely to be in the near future – if ever), covert talks with Hamas would reverse a long-held Bush administration policy of completely refusing to deal with the group.

      Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip for more than a year, since it seized power from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction after an election. The Guardian report says Obama’s likely Mideast-envoy-to-be, Richard Haass (at left), is in favor of creating a dialogue with the group.

      “This is going to be an administration that is committed to negotiating with ¬critical parties on critical issues,” another source with knowledge of recent discussions among Obama’s foreign policy team told the newspaper.

      According to the sources who spoke to the Guardian, U.S. intelligence agenciescould be used as a channel for communications with Hamas — communications which would likely never be acknowledged.

      The current fighting in Gaza may serve only to solidify the Obama team’s resolve to seek a quiet discussion with Hamas.

      Israel has dropped a stunning array of explosives on the tiny Palestinian territory — allegedly “smart” bombs that “pinpoint” Hamas targets, and for days now Israeli ground forces have also operated inside the Gaza Strip. But rockets keep falling on Israel.

      Israeli officials insist their goal is to crush Hamas, and they have certainly dealt a severe blow to the group’s operations. But having now killed about 760 Palestinians – less than a third of whom were confirmed militants — they’ve also created a whole lot of sympathy for Hamas’ cause in the Palestinian territories and in the neighboring Arab states. For that reason, the group will never be completely destroyed by military means alone; the very attempt to do so ensures that it will always regenerate. Talking to the militants, Obama’s team seems to hope, may be the way to turn Hamas away from it’s modus operandi of terror.

      But there are no guarantees it will work. Hamas could just as easily use any lull in fighting — under cover of clandestine negotiations — to clandestinely re-arm, then pull out of the quiet conversation (which the U.S. would still be unable to even acknowledge, more so in fact) and then go back attacking Israel.

      Welcome to the White House, Mr. Obama. Roll the dice.

      1. Bob says:

        Let’s not lose sight of why we should draw blood in the Kremlin. The Ruskies intentionally intervened in our Democratic Election and that’s a NO NO that demands payback. Which U S election did Hamas interfere with? Apparently, the phony accusation you came up with could not be substantiated. Kushface and others should be heading for prison!!!

        1. Philomena says:

          Videos for obama said to russia i will have more flexibility after the election
          0:27
          Obama tells Medvedev he will have “more flexibility” after …
          YouTube
          https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OVP.cztHP4UKoCtVEzipvAWLwwEsCm&pid=Api&w=250&h=143&c=7Obama tells Medvedev he will have “more flexibility” after …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mgQaFlo_p80:30
          Obama open mic slip: ‘After my election I have more …
          YouTube
          https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OVP.j1usQKs7lTiMTw5UfJh50gEsDf&pid=Api&w=250&h=143&c=7Obama open mic slip: ‘After my election I have more …https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsFR8DbSRQE0:33
          Obama caught on mic saying “After My Election I Have More …
          YouTube

          1. Bob says:

            “More flexibility to do what?”

          2. Philomena says:

            Some sneaky dirty work perhaps. You should ask him because the Left Wing Media did not ask.

          3. Bob says:

            Obama, Obama, Obama – He was President for 8 wonderful years and now he’s gone, still a hero. Why don’t you talk about Washington or Lincoln if you want yo live in the past, LOSER?? Obviously you don’t want to talk about the Orange head, Tax Evader, Pervert, Putin Puppet. I don’t blame you cause its all bad. Are you upset they named you Philomena!!!

          4. Bob says:

            You’re about 8 years behind. Obama was Pres. for a long time and now he’s retired. Would you like to go back in time to Hoover, or maybe Lincoln? How about the Pilgrims? You just can’t seem to stay focused on TODAY! That’s where the “Uneducated” part comes in, Queenie!!!

  • NM Leon says:

    “Jared Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Russia”

    And the point is? I would sincerely hope that our White House officials are able to establish “back channel communications” with EVERY major player on the world stage.

  • Rodney Steward says:

    Hope this is still up, this is what is supposed to be set up for Trump! http://stateofthenation2012

    1. Askjrsk says:

      They will hang themseves soon the sooner the better !

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        Exactly my friend, they’re slowly doing it now!

        1. Askjrsk says:

          Call in the 82nd AIRBORNE hang them out to dry

          1. Rodney Steward says:

            I prefer the burning alive cages, wait, that’s to good too, we’ll just stick with the 82nd!

      2. Roy Fredrichsen says:

        Yep! Just keep giving them more rope and when they reach the end of it, it will be a great shock well deserved.

  • Leslie Woodhull says:

    FRAUDULENT NEWS!!! Kushner DID NOT do ANYTHING OF THE SORT!!!

    1. Askjrsk says:

      It’s not news it’s fabrication to ALINSKY rule number 13 dehumanize humiliate and embarrass. Like Hillary does to herself and OBAMA they don’t realize how they embarrass us.

  • Askjrsk says:

    Evidence of a crime is where? Up James Comeys computer? This is costing us how much? America DOSENT have cash flow to pay current expenses? These people should work for free until the budget is balanced.

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      AJ, you know that Gods don’t pay for anything, WRONG or RIGHT!!

      1. Askjrsk says:

        Especially the self proclaimed plastic gods, like Comey adnauseum.

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  • itsfun says:

    More of the same BS from the liberal media. The President didn’t know how right he was when he coined the phrase “fake news”.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Think he did

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