WaPo: Jared Kushner wanted secret communications line with Russia

Ellen Nakashima, Adam Entour and Greg Miller, reporting for the Washington Post:

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, according to U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak reported to his superiors in Moscow that Kushner, son-in-law and confidant to then-President-elect Trump, made the proposal during a meeting on Dec. 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by U.S. officials. Kislyak said Kushner suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for the communications.

Things are starting to look bad for people in the Trump-Kushner camp. Around the time everyone was finishing reading the Kushner story, the Post released another piece detailing how the Senate Intelligence committee was going after the Trump campaign, demanding that they hand over all documents, emails and phone records, going all the way back to June 2015.  Earlier today it was reported that Trump and his team were going to set up a "War Room" to deal with the Russia allegations. That doesn't strike me as something a sitting president would have to do unless the situation was dire.