The news is claiming Jared Kushner wanted a secret channel to negotiate with the Russians. Why wouldn’t he?
Of course, Jared Kushner wanted a way of negotiating with the Russians that wasn’t open to U.S. spying! The deep state—the overlapping conglomeration of spy agencies, Hillary Democrats, NeverTrump Republicans, plutocrats, defense contractors, and neocons—viciously opposed Donald Trump’s reasonable statements about Russia during the campaign. One can only imagine what was said to the Trump campaign in private. They knew that, to fulfill their promise to voters of an America First policy, they would have to evade the machinations of the oligarchy of the United States.
One of the deep state’s strategies is to portray such attempted evasion as criminal. Thus, the Washington Post’s headline: “Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin.”
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.
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.
Since the FBI (sadly) has broad intelligence gathering powers that have nothing to do with actually investigating crimes, “of investigative interest” does not remotely imply that any law has been broken. Even if the story is true, no crime has been committed.
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