Trump and Kushner-- Partners in Treason
To review, Kushner allegedly asked Russian Ambassador Kislyak to arrange a secret, secure backchannel through which members of Trump team could communicate directly to the Kremlin. This was the heart of last night’s Post blockbuster. Kushner reportedly asked Kislyak to allow Trump team members access to the secure channels Russia itself uses to send secure communications back to Moscow. This presumably involves secure facilities/hardware at the Russian Embassy and other US-located diplomatic facilities. These definitely exist. We have the same thing in Moscow.
It is difficult to capture how extraordinary and close to incomprehensible such a step would be. As a number of former intelligence officials have noted, if an intelligence officer or really any other US government official did this it would be considered espionage.
This meant opening a channel where Trump team members could speak openly with Russian counterparts without fear of being heard by and behind the backs of the US intelligence community, US diplomats and the US military. Even Kislyak was apparently taken aback by the request. And as a sidelight to this, even if we believe the absolute worst about Kushner and Flynn, no country would ever let foreign nationals have access to those kinds of facilities. Why would Kushner and Flynn push for such a secret channel of communications?
Possibilities mentioned in the piece are to make secret business deals with Russian banks, and for Flynn to coordinate with the Russian military.
Whatever it was about, there was no reason to do it so covertly and out of the eyes of all US officials, unless they were doing something illegal.
IMO, we have to assume the worst possible motives here, a true conspiracy, possibly even something pertaining to deep "ultimate" truths, something like merging control of US and Russian nukes.