On Thursday afternoon, the New York Times dropped the latest bombshell regarding the Trump administration’s ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
In an article, the Times stated that U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as former National Security Adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn, met with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump’s January 20th inauguration. The meeting in question took place at Trump Tower and reportedly lasted roughly 20 minutes.
The admission came from the White House just an hour after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into the Trump-Russia ties.
As the Times reports, the extent to which Kushner was involved in Flynn’s communication with the Russian Ambassador is still fairly unclear. It is clear, however, that Flynn was the main orchestrator of their contact, rather than Trump’s son-in-law.
The meeting and those involved were confirmed by Trump surrogate Hope Hicks, who explained,
“They generally discussed the relationship and it made sense to establish a line of communication. Jared has had meetings with many other foreign countries and representatives — as many as two dozen other foreign countries’ leaders and representatives.”
Gen. Flynn abruptly resigned last month amid continuing pressure on the White House, just hours after it was revealed that the White House had been aware that he was potentially compromised for a period of weeks.