Lawyer says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators

"Trump has no choice but to immediately fire Kushner, whose failure to report this episode on his security clearance is reason enough for a criminal investigation", DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson said in a statement. It was said to be the first time any investigators have made inquiries with Trump's campaign officials.

Neither The White House nor Flynn would comment on the story to The Post.

Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee, it announced last week.

The Senate panel's request marked the first time Trump's campaign organization has been drawn into the bipartisan committee's investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, the report said.

James Comey, the former FBI director leading the Russian probe until Trump abruptly fired him, is still expected to testify before Congress about memos he kept on conversations with the president that involved the investigation.

The details were shared with CNN as an explanation to The Washington Post reporting, which it said was based on intercepts of conversations between Russia's ambassador and Moscow. While it's unclear whether it was Kushner's alleged meeting with the Russian ambassador that gave the green light to meddle in the US election, Brennan alleges that the Russians started influencing it around that time.

Kushner, like his father-in-law, is a wealthy businessman and heir to a family-run NY real estate empire.

Though the proposal was designed primarily as a conduit to discuss policy issues, it was unclear why such communications would have needed to be carried out through a secret channel.

That's the period of time when Russian officials allegedly started holding meetings with members of Trump's campaign, according to Brennan, who said he had been keeping an eye on the meetings after noticing odd activities.

On the other hand, such talk might serve as encouragement and give the Russians a pretty good idea of what they had to gain should Trump be elected.

Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians during a long civil war. During the presidential campaign, he frequently criticized the Obama administration's Syria policy as unnecessarily antagonistic toward Russian Federation.

"We have backchannel communications with a number of countries", McMaster said. Neither side followed up on it.

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

The Russian ambassador was surprised by the request, according to reports citing unidentified USA officials.

Flynn was sacked in February for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about the extent of his talks with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak. Its bailout needs had increased to $16 billion between 2016 and 2020, Reuters reported.

Weeks later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself from the Justice Department's Russian Federation investigation after it was revealed that he had not disclosed during his confirmation process meetings he had with Mr. Kislyak in 2016.

NBC News reported on Thursday that Kushner was under scrutiny by the FBI, in the first sign that the investigation, which began last July, has reached the president's inner circle.

Kislyak reportedly orchestrated the meeting between Kushner and Vnesheconombank CEO Sergey N. Gorkov, The New York Times reported earlier this year. Kushner's lawyers have also pushed back against the allegations.

Separately, there were at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked people in the seven months before the November 8 presidential election, including six calls with Kislyak, sources told Reuters earlier this month.

Cohn said: "We're not going to comment on Jared".