President Donald Trump’s senior aide Jared Kushner and ousted adviser Michael Flynn both took a meeting with a Russian ambassador during the general election and they weren’t alone in those talks.
Both men sat down with Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in December, according to a senior administration official. The men were allegedly having an “introductory meeting” and “kind of an inconsequential hello.”
The meeting lasted for about 10 minutes, the official added.
Flynn was fired from his national security adviser role after he misled the Trump administration about his dealings with the Russians.
Kushner’s involvement in a meeting was first reported by The New Yorker, and Flynn’s by The New York Times.
Intertwined in the Russian mess is Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who on Thursday said he would recuse himself from investigations into the Trump campaign relationship with Russia. He only decided to step aside after his own involvement with the Russian’s was revealed.
Trump’s administration has brushed off concerns about any meetings with Russian officials during the US election, despite claims of vote tampering by Russian hackers.
On Thursday, national security adviser J.D. Gordon disclosed that he too had met with Kislyak during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.
In an interview with CNN, Gordon said he and Carter Page and Walid Phares, stressed to a Russian envoy that they would like to improve relations between our countries.
“This is not any different than anything I said publicly and on panels,” Gordon said.
In a statement to CNN, Page said he would not comment on any meetings and added that he “never did anything improper” when speaking with Russian officials.
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