Jared Kushner, son in law and part of the inner circle of U.S. President Donald Trump, allegedly sought to create a ‘secret communications channel’ with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post cites unidentified U.S. officials, who were briefed in intelligence reports about the alleged meeting between Mr Kushner and Mr Kislyak.
It is reported that the meeting took place on December 1st or 2nd last year at Trump Tower, with former national security Mike Flynn also in attendance.
The report also alleges that Mr Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities to communicate with Russia, a proposal which Kislyak supposedly was not receptive to, as it would carry security risks not just for the Trump administration but also for Russia.
The administration has so far declined to comment on these reports.
Mr Kushner has had meetings with Mr Kislyak previously, as well as with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, with CNN reporting that the transition team was attempting to establish an unofficial channel to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
This is the latest in a long running series of scandals linking members of the Trump administration to Russia.
One of these scandals resulted in the standing down of Mr Flynn, after reports of being potentially compromised by Russia.