Jared Kushner Reportedly Gave the Order to Michael Flynn to Contact Russia

Earlier Friday, ABC News reported that as part of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s plea deal, he is prepared to testify not only against President Donald Trump, but also, “against members of the Trump family.” Now, a new report has put out a name — one that is unlikely to shock many people who have been following special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

According to Bloomberg, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered Flynn to contact Russia in December 2016, after the election but prior to Trump taking office on Jan. 20. Bloomberg, citing two former officials with the Trump transition team, reports that Kushner gave the order to Flynn ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements. Kushner is said to have instructed Flynn to contact all the foreign ambassadors and foreign ministers on the Security Council in effort to oppose the motion or delay the vote.

This point, according to Bloomberg, was the basis of a Flynn lie to the FBI — a charge to which the former National Security Advisor entered a guilty plea on Friday. In the indictment, the special counsel cited a late December meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak which Flynn originally told authorities did not take place.

The false statement is listed in Flynn’s indictment:

“On or about December 22, 2016, Flynn did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution.”

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