Reports: Jared Kushner allegedly pushed Flynn to contact Russian ambassador
Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly directed former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to contact Russian officials during the presidential transition period, according to a number of reports.
The Washington Post, CNN, Buzzfeed, Bloomberg's Eli Lake, and NBC reported on Friday that Kushner asked Flynn to contact officials from Russia and other countries in the months before Donald Trump took office in order to pressure them to vote against a United Nations resolution that was critical of the Israeli settlement policy.
According to a document signed by Flynn and his lawyers, "On or about December 22, 2016, a very senior member of the Presidential Transition team directed FLYNN to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia, to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution."
Sources close to the matter are now telling reporters that the "very senior member" of the transition team was Jared Kushner.
Kushner's lawyers would not respond to requests for comment.
According to Eli Lake, one Trump transition official said that Kushner called Flynn telling him he had to get an official representative from every U.N. Security Council member nation "to delay or vote against" the resolution condemning new Israeli settlements.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI on Friday. According to a statement released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, the misleading statements impeded the investigation.
The former three-star general, who once led the Defense Intelligence Agency, lied about the contact he had with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016. Flynn also admitted to lying about his role in pushing foreign officials to postpone to U.N. vote on Israeli settlements.