Jared Kushner reportedly proposed setting up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin
Mr Kushner reportedly had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, according to seven current and former US officials.
The move to establish a backchannel of communications was reportedly discussed during a meeting at Trump Tower on December 1 or 2. Ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, also allegedly attended the meeting.
These contacts are alleged to have included two phone calls between April and November 2016.
Mr Kislyak reportedly passed on the request to Moscow.
Mr Kusher claims to not remember any calls with Mr Kislyak between April and November, according to attorney Jamie Gorelick.
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The White House adviser is likely to come under greater scrutiny in the FBI’s investigations into Russian election interference.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the FBI was investigating Mr Kushner’s contacts with Russian officials.
Veteran of the NSA and CIA who worked under the Clinton and Bush administrations, Bob Deitz, said: “This raises a bunch of problematic issues. First, of course, is the Logan Act, which prohibits private individuals conducting negotiations on behalf of the US government with foreign governments.”
White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, last week suggested there was no collusion with Russi
Mr Deitz added: “Second, it tends to reinforce the notion that Trump's various actions about Comey do constitute obstruction.”
Mr Kushner’s lawyer said he is prepared to talk to Congress as well as federal investigators about his contacts and role in President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
In a statement last week, White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said: “As the President has stated before – a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity.”