During Trump Campaign, Kushner Sought Counsel Of Pro-Russia Adviser

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Published on April 29, 2019 - Duration: 01:01s

During Trump Campaign, Kushner Sought Counsel Of Pro-Russia Adviser

For nearly twenty years, Russian émigré Dmitri Simes had been president and CEO of the Center for the National Interest, a Washington foreign policy think tank.

A Washington fixture since he left the Soviet Union in the early 1970s, Simes obtained U.S. citizenship, and served as an informal foreign policy adviser to President Richard Nixon.

A longtime advocate of warmer U.S.-Russia relations, he was also dogged by criticism that he was notably sympathetic to Moscow’s views.

According to Politico, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met in March of 2016 and began communicating, including in a meeting at Kushner’s office later that month.

Although the Trump campaign never identified Simes as an adviser, he provided counsel to the Trump team, particularly with regard to Russia.

The Simes-Kushner relationship was outlined in detail by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, which mentions Simes over 100 times.

The report concluded that Simes did not act as a campaign intermediary with Moscow.

Nor did it allege that he works at the behest of the Kremlin.

However, it did note that Simes and CNI have “many contacts with current and former Russian government officials.”


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