Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

Laverne Mann
June 3, 2017

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. Spicer's response: "I haven't asked him".

Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December - a meeting he neglected to disclose in security clearance forms - to discuss establishing a secret backchannel between the Kremlin and President Trump's transition team, the Washington Post reported last week.

Senator Patrick Leahy and Representatives John Conyers and Zoe Lofgren, in the nine-page letter dated Thursday and sent to Kushner Companies President Laurent Morali, asked for details about the company's controversial May road show in China, where the developer offered investors a chance to get USA visas under the EB-5 program if they put money in a project in New Jersey, One Journal Square.

However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort. "In terms of achievement, I think I'd give myself an A. Because I think I've done great things, but I don't think I have — I and my people, I don't think we've explained it well enough to the American public".

"Given the severity of these allegations and prior revelations that Mr. Kushner omitted this meeting and dozens of other foreign contacts from his SF-86, [4] we are requesting that the White House immediately revoke Mr. Kushner's clearance pending the conclusion of the investigation", the letter stated on Thursday. The question of "collusion" will probably be easy to prove, but what is the bigger question that nobody seems to want to address at this point in the investigation?

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And before that, several other administration officials came under fire for various Russian ties.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer will answer questions this afternoon about President Trump's decision to exit the Paris Accord, a move that was wildly unpopular with people who care about the continued existence of life on Earth.

When Spicer was asked to comment on the ongoing Russian Federation probe, he said this: "I can not and as I've mentioned the other day that we're focused on the president's agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Mark Kasowitz". Read the full story here.

May 31, 2017 - Gorkov says "no comment" three times when asked about the Kushner meeting by CNN: Russian banker Sergey Gorkov offers no comment when pressed on his meeting with Jared Kushner by CNN's Matthew Chance. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said "I don't like it", when asked about Kushner's attempt to set up a secret communication channel.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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