President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has been under fire for suggesting a “back channel” with Russia. Now reports surfaced that the Obama Administration used a “back channel” to communicate with Russia.
The difference is, with the Obama administration it was not just a suggestion. This was something they actually had. There was a secret communication line between Moscow and the Obama administration.
Per Conservative Tribune:
Except for President Barack Obama’s administration, it wasn’t just a suggestion, as the group actually had a secret communication line with Moscow that it used to discuss Russian operatives attempts to infiltrate U.S. election software, according to Bloomberg.
In its efforts to deescalate the cyber threat, the Obama White House used what has been called a cyber “red phone,” which wasn’t actually a phone at all, but instead was a secure messaging channel designed to send urgent messages and documents between the two governments.
Three sources close to situation told Bloomberg that in October, after a series of attacks on several state election systems, the White House reached out to Moscow on the back channel to offer evidence of the hacking and to warn Russian President Vladamir Putin that the attacks could cause conflict between the two countries.
“International law, including the law for armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace,” said part of a message sent over the back channel on Oct. 31, a senior U.S. official told NBC. “We will hold Russia to those standards.”
As part of its use of the “back channel,” the Obama administration, according to Bloomberg, contacted the Russians in October “to offer detailed documents of what it said was Russia’s role in election meddling and to warn that the attacks risked setting off a broader conflict.”
This is business as usual, per the left. While the media crushes Jared Kushner for simply considering something like this, the Obama administration actually implemented this. Another difference is that Kushner is only a part of the then president-elect’s transition team while Obama was the President of the United States.