Trump has 'total confidence' in son-in-law Kushner

Marsha Scott
June 11, 2017

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said it was "obviously very concerning" if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications during the transition period with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 USA presidential election. It comes as Trump returned to Washington from his first worldwide trip, renewed his tweets about unfair media coverage, and eyed a major retooling of his White House staff to deal with Russia-related scrutiny.

But while Bannon's name has not come up publicly in the Russian Federation investigation, at least thus far, Kushner is now reportedly a focus of the FBI probe.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said.

Former U.S. national security officials have suggested that such a line of communication would be out of the norm for a presidential transition team and that could possibly be illegal.

The new report follows allegations last week that Mr Kushner and the Russian ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak, discussed setting up a secure, private line of communication with Moscow using Russian facilities that bypassed the United States government.

The federal authorities are concentrating on his meeting with Kislyak and a Russian banking executive last December.

Kushner's wife, Ivanka, spotted with president trump's private attorney Marc Kasowitz at the White House Sunday.

"As you heard [national security adviser H.R.] McMaster and [Homeland Security chief John] Kelly say over this weekend, they're not concerned", she said. The Trump relative suggested Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. for the private talks, Kisylak reportedly said. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

In interviews Sunday, Kelly said he didn't know whether the reports were true.

The source told Fox the Russians, not Kushner, asked for a secure line to the Trump administration to talk about the conflict there.

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Several Democrats, including Sen.

For Kushner's role with the Trump, he reportedly said, "My job is to put him in a good place".

"I would just say that any line of communication to a country, particularly a country like Russian Federation, is a good thing".

"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff said. But in a series of tweets early Sunday, he accused reporters of inventing stories and sources.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Monday's ceremony at Arlington Ceremony marked Mr Trump's first public appearance since returning to Washington from a nine-day foreign trip. Separately, he told Fox News: "Any time you have channels of communication with a country, particularly one like Russian Federation, I wouldn't criticise it".

The Senate and House Intelligence committees are also leading their own investigations, but not with an eye to bringing criminal charges.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was skeptical of the back-channel story because he did not trust Russian officials.

"And, again, it comes back to - whatever the communication is, it comes back into the government and is shared across the government".

Trump and his administration has been a target of other Republicans in the past. That's potentially bad news for Jared Kushner. Such back channels can add stability and predictability in foreign relations. They have built a thick skin over the past few months in the White House and they recognize that a certain level of attention comes with the high-profile opportunities they have been given, per the official. "And now, the question is, how is this handled?" Every explanation offered so far has been wholly unsatisfying, ” Finer said.

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