President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and his son-in-law Jared Kushner met with Russia’s ambassador to Washington in Trump Tower in December, a White House official confirmed Thursday.
The meeting between Flynn and Kushner and Russia’s Sergey Kislyak, first reported Thursday by The New York Times, was a “brief courtesy meeting” and lasted about 20 minutes, according to the official.
The meeting is another known instance of Trump associates meeting with Kislyak before the inauguration. Flynn was forced out as national security adviser last month in the wake of reports that he had improperly discussed sanctions on Russia in conversations with Kislyak and then lied to the public and Vice President Mike Pence about it.
Those contacts raised eyebrows because of Russia’s suspected attempts to meddle in the presidential election through cyberattacks on Democratic Party officials during the campaign. Trump has denied any inappropriate contact between his advisers and Russian officials.
Investigations into the alleged election interference are ongoing, and those probes are expected to cover whether the Trump campaign had any contact with Russian intelligence officials before the election.
By: Madeline Conway