Trump, Kushner Told Flynn To Contact Russians: Report
President Donald Trump and/or his son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly told former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russia.
Flynn pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, as part of a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-Trump campaign probe.
Court documents related to Flynn’s plea said that Flynn told Mueller that a “very senior member” of the Trump transition team told him to contact foreign governments, including Russia, over a United Nations vote regarding Israel in 2016.
A former senior intelligence officer told Fox News that it was President-Elect Trump who directed Flynn to contact the Russians.
However, two sources told Bloomberg News that the “senior transition official” who told Flynn to talk with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was Kushner.
Kushner reportedly “called Flynn to tell him he needed to get every foreign minister or ambassador from a country on the U.N. Security Council to delay or vote against the resolution.”
“Much of this appeared to be coordinated also with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose envoys shared their own intelligence about the Obama administration’s lobbying efforts to get member states to support the resolution with the Trump transition team,” notes Bloomberg News.
White House lawyer Ty Cobb has released a statement:
The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year. Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn.