Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Donald Trump's transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to US officials briefed on intelligence reports.OK, so is this a lie from the Russians to try to hurt Trump? Seems unlikely, given the White House is declining to comment. Is it just unbridled paranoia about the "deep state" trying to stop Trump getting on better with the Russians? There might be something to that if it were just Flynn asking the Russians to do it - he's as mad as a cut snake. But again, Kushner is tied up with the proposal?
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by US officials.
Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.
The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser.
It's just very, very strange...
And as for pathetic attempts at false equivalence go, there's a spectacularly silly one from poor old perpetual hand waver CL at Catallaxy: