WASHINGTON – Jared Kushner, son-President Trump and his top adviser, spoke in December with the Russian ambassador to the United States to establish a secret communication link between the Trump and Moscow transition team to discuss strategy in Syria and other issues Three people with knowledge of the discussion.
The conversation between M. Kushner and Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak was held at a meeting at the Trump Tower that the presidential transition team M. Trump did not recognise at the time. Also present at the meeting, Michael T. Flynn, the retired general would become the national security adviser for Mr Trump, said the three people.
It is not clear who first proposed the communication channel, but people who know the meeting said the idea was to ensure that M. Flynn speaks directly with a senior military officer in Moscow to discuss Syria and other security issues. The communication channel has never been implemented, the people said.
The three people who were not allowed to speak at the December meeting and spoke about anonymity. The White House declined to comment Friday night. The publication of the discussion was first reported by The Washington Post. The revelation has raised new questions about Mr Kushner’s relationship with Russian officials at a time in F.B.I. It carries out the extensive study of Russian attempts to disrupt the presidential elections last year and if one of Trump’s advisers participated in the Russian campaign.
Officials and former US officials said that Mr Kushner’s activities, like those of many others throughout M. Trump, are subject to scrutiny as part of the investigation. But M. Kushner is currently the subject of a criminal investigation.
After the meeting with M. Kislyak, M. Kushner had a separate meeting with Sergey N. Gorkov, a Russian banker with close ties to Vladimir V. Poutine, President of Russia.