Kushner 'proposed secret communication channel with Russia'

The White House refused to comment on plans for the "war room", but said it would make an effort to maintain the good climate created by Donald Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Europe.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, made a pre-inauguration proposal to the Russian ambassador to set up a secret, bug-proof communications line with the Kremlin, the Washington Post reported Friday evening.

The Post goes on to say that the White House downplayed the meeting's significance but that "people familiar with the matter say the Federal Bureau of Investigation now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest".

Investigators also are interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Washington Post and NBC News.

The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.

While the FBI is investigating Kushner's contacts with Russian Federation, he is not now a target of that investigation, the current law enforcement official said.

Mr Kushner's lawyer Jamie Gorelick said he has "no recollection" of the calls with Mr Kislyak as reported by Reuters. The White House did not acknowledge any other contacts between Kushner and Russian officials.

Possible connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign are also being investigated.

In early December, after Trump had won the elections, Kushner and Flynn met in NY with Kislyak.

Mueller should get to the very bottom of allegations swirling around the current occupant of the White House, of course. The FBI announced Thursday it would not immediately provide Comey's memos about meetings with Trump to inquiring members of Congress.There may not have been anything improper about the contacts, the current law enforcement official stressed.The California congressman added that he is skeptical Flynn would be granted immunity in exchange for his testimony and information, something the former national security adviser has requested from the committees.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said six of the G-7 nations - Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Japan - confirmed "our commitment and our determination" to the Paris pact.

The discussion of a secret channel is the latest in a series of controversial reports and leaks regarding the Trump team's contacts with Russian Federation.

The Post said Kislyak was reportedly "taken aback" by the suggestion. It is also not clear whether Kushner engaged with Kislyak on his own or with other Trump aides.

A week later, reports citing Comey's personal notes suggested that Trump asked Comey to drop an investigation into Flynn's Russian Federation contacts.

Mr Kushner, who is married to the president's daughter, Ivanka, has said he will co-operate with any investigation.

On May 9, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, who helmed a probe into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian officials.

The Trump campaign's ties with Moscow and Russia's interference in the presidential election are now under investigation in three separate probes conducted by committees in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as the FBI.

Congressional committees want to find out if the Russians stopped Hilary Clinton getting to the White House.

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