The anonymous sources are at it again and the Washington Post has the scoop:
Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.
Ambassador Sergey Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.
Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn!
The White House disclosed the meeting only in March, playing down its significance. But people familiar with the matter say the FBI now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest.
The FBI under Comey also thought the Russian hookers peeing on Trump 4chan fanfiction was a story of “investigative interest” too.
Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate — a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well as the Trump team.
Neither the meeting nor the communications of Americans involved were under U.S. surveillance, officials said.
Susan Rice received unmasked reports of Trump and his team’s communications, there should be no doubt that they were under surveillance, using Russian communications as a reason for the surveillance. This was done repeatedly over the 2016 campaign. GHCQ was also brought into the fray when they were discovered to have also wiretapped the Trump team.
The White House declined to comment. Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, declined to comment. The Russian Embassy did not respond to requests for comment.
Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among U.S. analysts. But officials said that it’s unclear what Kislyak would have had to gain by falsely characterizing his contacts with Kushner to Moscow, particularly at a time when the Kremlin still saw the prospect of dramatically improved relations with Trump.
Kushner’s apparent interest in establishing a secret channel with Moscow, rather than relying on U.S. government systems, has added to the intrigue surrounding the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia.
To some officials, it also reflects a staggering naivete.
There is no “naivete” here. They knew they were being wiretapped and the government under Obama is populated by a massive amount of true believing social justice warrior Democrats who believe in the cause over their country.
But the bolded sentence should be looked at closely. Let’s assume that there might be some real concern that Trump and Russia were actually connected/colluding/hacking/whatever and not just a stupid ploy to try to overturn the last election that the Democrats lost.
If the Russians feed false information into their communications all the time, has the United States spent the last six months investigating Trump-Russia connections because of Russia trolling the communications streams coming from their people in the United States? What an unimaginable waste of time.
The FBI closely monitors the communications of Russian officials in the United States, and it maintains a nearly constant surveillance of its diplomatic facilities. The National Security Agency monitors the communications of Russian officials overseas.
Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said that although Russian diplomats have secure means of communicating with Moscow, Kushner’s apparent request for access to such channels was extraordinary.
“How would he trust that the Russians wouldn’t leak it on their side?” said one former senior intelligence official. The FBI would know that a Trump transition official was going in and out of the embassy, which would cause “a great deal” of concern, he added. The entire idea, he said, “seems extremely naive or absolutely crazy.”
More anonymous (read Obama administration) officials leaking their “concerns” to the press. What is interesting is that the FBI has wiretapped all outgoing communications of Russian officials in the United States.
If the Trump team knew this and knew of Comey’s proclivities for the Clintons, no wonder they were trying to allegedly secure discrete channels with Russia. Any sane person would, since the content of the meetings and communication would have been leaked as soon as the meetings were ended.
It is common for senior advisers of a newly elected president to be in contact with foreign leaders and officials. But new administrations are generally cautious in their handling of interactions with Moscow, which U.S. intelligence agencies have accused of waging an unprecedented campaign to interfere in last year’s presidential race and help elect Trump.
There you have it. We can’t ever have a reset with Russian relations because the xenophobic media and Democrats cannot think of ever working with Russia.
Except the Cold War is over:
Obama: When your were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said ‘Russia,’ not Al Qaeda, you said ‘Russia.’ The nineteen eighties are now calling to ask for their foreign-policy back, because the cold war has been over for twenty years. Romney: Russia – I indicated is a geopolitical foe (Obama interrupts) Excuse me.
We should have a reset in relations with Russia:
Obama administration officials say members of the Trump transition team never approached them about arranging a secure communications channel with their Russian contacts, possibly because of concerns about leaks.
Ya don’t say?!
In a shocking admission, Hillary Clinton admits at a private dinner that she is constantly under investigation, so her using email would incriminate her.