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Trump's son-in-law directed Flynn to contact Russia

A member of President Donald Trump's transition team says Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the "very senior transition official" referenced in court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case who directed Flynn to contact Russia on a U.N. vote.

Two former members of Trump’s transition team told Bloomberg that Kushner instructed Flynn to reach out to foreign governments, including Russia, about the resolution before the United Nations Security Council and try to convince Russia to either oppose or delay the vote.

Kushner told Flynn he needed to get ambassadors and foreign minsters to commit to delay or vote against the resolution. According to prosecutors, then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak gave Flynn that assurance.

Then-president elect Trump publicly called for the U.N. to veto the resolution, calling it “extremely unfair to all Israelis.”

The resolution, which was put forth in December 2016 during the final days of the Obama administration, ultimately passed after the United States abstained from vetoing it.

Bloomberg reports that the effort to delay or stop the resolution was also apparently coordinated with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu.

The court documents provide the clearest picture yet of coordination between Flynn and other Trump advisers in contacting Russian officials to influence international policy, and raise questions about who higher up the chain of command in Trump's orbit, possibly even including the President himself.

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