Trump to create new Office of American Innovation in White House

Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House said Monday.

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will have to face a race of obstacles before he can take his new role at the White House.

Kushner's new Office of American Innovation will reportedly showcase a number of corporate titans, including Apple's Tim Cook and Microsoft's Bill Gates, all of whom, among other things, will make recommendations about how to make government more tech savvy and more datacentric.

Sens. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, and Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said in a joint statement that they are committed to follow the facts wherever the investigation leads them.

Last week FBI Director James Comey confirmed that federal investigators are investigating ties between Trump's top campaign aides and Russian officials.

"Senior Obama intelligence officials have gone on record to confirm that there is no evidence of a Trump-Russia collusion", said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on the day of the hearing.

A Russian bank under U.S. economic sanctions has disclosed its executives met with President Donald Trump's son-in-law during the 2016 election campaign.

The White House Office of American Innovation, slated to be unveiled on Monday, will operate as its own power centre within the West Wing and will report directly to Trump, the Washington Post said in a report on Sunday.

Later on Tuesday, Nunes said he will not share who gave him the intelligence reports about Trump and his associates with other members of the House committee.

Kushner is the fourth Trump associate to offer to be interviewed by the congressional committees looking into the murky Russian Federation ties. Trump himself has said that leaks to the media are the "real story" and that the Trump-Russia questions are "FAKE NEWS".

Democrats accuse Nunes of being too close to the president to be able to head the probe.

"Because of classification rules, the source could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House Intelligence Committee space", Langer said. Gorkov is chairman of VneshEconomBank, or VEB, a Russian development agency that has been under USA sanctions since July 2014.

At least four congressional committees are investigating possible Russian attempts to influence the vote and any ties between Moscow and Trump associates.

  • Larry Hoffman