5 critical questions Trump needs to answer about the Russian ambassador’s covert trip to Trump Tower


On the heels of the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (and lied about it under oath) leading up to the election—and so did a number of other key advisers—the New York Times followed up with this huge development:

The New Yorker reported this week that Mr. Kushner had met with Mr. Kislyak at Trump Tower in December. Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman, confirmed on Thursday that Mr. Flynn was also at the meeting in response to questions from a New York Times reporter.

Trump’s trusted son-in-law Jared Kushner (who, despite nepotism laws, is serving as senior White House adviser to Donald Trump) personally met with Kislyak at Trump Towers the very week President Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia related to the Russian hack of DNC emails servers. More on the meeting from the New York Times:

“They generally discussed the relationship and it made sense to establish a line of communication,” Ms. Hicks said. “Jared has had meetings with many other foreign countries and representatives — as many as two dozen other foreign countries’ leaders and representatives.”

The Trump Tower meeting lasted 20 minutes, and Mr. Kushner has not met since with Mr. Kislyak, Ms. Hicks said.

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump and Kanye West stand together in the lobby at Trump Tower, December 13, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump looks on as Trump and Kanye West pose for the cameras

It was during this same December period, just after the election, that a horde of photographers captured every person entering and leaving Trump Tower. The media was breathlessly covering the comings and goings of all guests—everyone from Kanye West to the Naked Cowboy to Rex Tillerson and Jeff Sessions. The cameras seemed to capture everyone except Sergey Kilsyak entering Trump Tower. He was covertly brought into the building, away from the flash of the cameras, away from the reporters and onlookers. All told, there are several troubling elements at play here, and the revelation Kilsyak met with Kushner leads to several questions that simply must be answered. In no particular order:

These are questions that simply have to be answered, preferably under oath.

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