The investigation into the Trump administration's links to Russia are apparently hitting very close to home now. The Washington Post reported on 26 May that US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed creating secret lines of communication with the Kremlin.
According to the report, following a December 2016 meeting with Kushner at Trump Tower, Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his seniors that the two had discussed means by which they could create a "secret communication channel" with the Trump transition team that would not come under the radar.
The Post confirmed the information from multiple US officials who were privy to intercepts of Russian communications.
The reports claim that Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser was also present for the New York meeting. Flynn most famously resigned in February following reporting on his communications with Kislyak and that he misled the vice president about it.
The Kushner connection now brings accusations of Russian interference in the presidential elections into Trump's inner circle. Earlier this week the FBI announced that the Trump adviser was a person of interest to their investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election.
A parallel investigation by the Senate intelligence committee has called on Trump's political organisation to produce all documents, phone records and emails in relation to his presidential campaign.
As of now, neither the White House, Trump nor Kushner have made any statement in response to these new developments, but the latter's lawyer Jamie Gorelick issued a statement on 26 May citing that his client was ready to work with the FBI and provide any kind of information required of him.