What got Michael Flynn in trouble—supposedly—isn’t that he was having frequent chats with the Russian ambassador. It’s that he wasn’t being open about those chats and explaining what they were really about. Who else is known to be in a similar situation?
Only on Monday did it emerge that executives of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) had talks with Kushner during a bank roadshow last year.
Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner forgot to mention that he met with Russian bankers in addition to the Russian ambassador. But it was okay.
At Mr. Kislyak’s request, Mr. Kushner later met with Sergey N. Gorkov, the chief of Vnesheconombank, which the United States placed on its sanctions list after President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia annexed Crimea and began meddling in Ukraine.
Kushner met with Russian bankers at the request of the Russian ambassador. Nothing of consequence. Routine. Nothing to see here. Just part of his role on the transition team.
But Mr. Gorkov, who previously served as deputy chairman of the board at Sberbank, Russia’s largest state-owned bank, said in a statement issued by his bank that he met with Mr. Kushner in his capacity as the then-chief executive of Kushner Companies, his family’s sprawling real estate empire.