AFFABLE and portly, Sergey Kislyak seems nevertheless to be an eminently forgettable man. Jeff Sessions, the attorney-general, forgot to mention his contacts with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearings. Michael Flynn, briefly Donald Trump’s national-security adviser, seems to have forgotten that he and Mr Kislyak discussed American sanctions, and paid with his job. Meanwhile Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, omitted his own meeting with the ambassador at Trump Tower from his security-clearance form. Now the alleged substance of their conversation has brought fresh embarrassment to Mr Kushner and Mr Trump.
On May 26th the Washington Post reported that, in his encounter with Mr Kislyak in December, Mr Kushner proposed establishing a back-channel between Mr Trump’s team and the Kremlin. According to the Post, Mr Kushner suggested using equipment in…Continue reading