ANOTHER #FAKENEWS WaPo Report: Jared Kushner Denies Secret Back Channel With Russia
Another fake news report by the Washington Post goes up in smoke.
On March 26, 2017 the Washington Post accused Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner of approaching Russian officials to promote a possible back channel with the regime.
According to the Washington Post Kushner suggested the use of Russian diplomatic facilities as a way to shield pre-inauguration discussions with Kislyak from monitoring.
Anti-Trump Deep State officials “leaked” the information to WaPo.
The article made headlines for days in the national liberal media.
Trump officials later told FOX News the meeting between Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak at Trump Tower focused on Syria. During the meeting the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News.
On Monday Jared Kushner denied seeking a secret back channel with the Russians during the campaign or after. Kushner is set to meet with the Senate intelligence committee on Monday morning in the ongoing Russian witch hunt.
Kushner said he first met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in Washington in April 2016 and shook hands. He said he did not recall phone calls with Kislyak between April and November of that year as reported by Reuters in May, had found no evidence of the calls in phone records and was skeptical they took place.
In a meeting with Kislyak after the election, on Dec. 1, Kushner said he articulated a desire for the United States to make a fresh start with Russia.
“The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day,” he said.
He said the Russian ambassador asked if there was a secure line in Trump’s transition office to facilitate a discussion with Russian generals about Syria. There was not.
Kushner suggested arranging something through an existing communications channel at the Russian embassy, but Kislyak indicated that was not possible and they agreed to follow up after the inauguration.