Friday, March 3, 2017
Now Jared!?!? Trump's Son-In-Law Met With Russian Ambassador Too!
Last night the New York Times reported that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner attended a previously undisclosed meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
After the story broke the White House Director of Strategic Communications, Hope Hicks, confirmed that Kushner had attended a "20 minute" meeting at Trump Tower with Kislyak in December. Hicks went on to say the meeting was only to "establish a line of communication."
Despite the White House's seeming laissez faire admission the fact that Kushner was at one of the meetings with Flynn where he and Ambassador Kislyak reportedly discussed sanctions imposed on Russia, a possible violation of the Logan Act, is a damning revelation.
While the extent and frequency of their contacts remains unclear the disclosure of the meeting adds more texture to the emerging picture of the emerging relationship between Trump’s team and the Russians.
Despite the Trump administrations effort to explain away these meetings as by claiming that it is not improper for transition officials to meet with foreign officials any and all meetings between Trump associates and Russians are now considered significant as the F.B.I. investigates Russian interference in the American election and whether anyone close to Mr. Trump’s campaign was involved.
Along with Kushner, Flynn and the recently reported Attorney General Jeff Sessions two additional officials in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign are known to have spoken with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyan. They are J.D. Gordon, who was the Trump campaign’s director of national security, and Carter Page, another member of the campaign’s national security advisory committee.
In light of these revelations and the rolling disclosures that have accompanied them it is important to remember that Trump and his team had categorically denied any contact with any Russians before these reports obliterated that talking point.