White House shaken as Russian Federation probe pierces Trump's inner circle
- Author: Leroy Wright May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 3:20
The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.
In yet another report based on anonymous sources, the Washington Post reported Friday that Jared Kushner, President Trump's top aide and son-in-law, was attempting to secure a secret channel of communication between the Russian government and the Trump transition team.
McMaster said he could not talk about Kushner's talks with Russian Federation because "it's not something that I've in any way been involved with or that I have any knowledge of".
But we have a caveat to that caveat: It's unclear why the Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, would misreport his conversations to his own people.
Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser previous year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy, and remains an influential confidant within the White House.
General Flynn was forced to resign in February after it emerged that he had misled other administration officials about the extent of his contacts with Mr Kislyak.
While the FBI is investigating Kushner's contacts with Russian Federation, he is not now a target of that investigation, the current law enforcement official said.
"Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Kushner's lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told NBC News.
If it's true, it's the most hard for them to explain in the context of an FBI investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the US election and whether Trump's campaign helped.
Responding to The Washington Post report, Burns cautioned that Kushner deserves a chance to respond because "they are allegations but they're not proven facts", and "we don't indict in the court of public opinion before all the facts are known".
Flynn was pushed out of the White House in February after officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.
Earlier this year, Mr Kushner became a focus of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the campaign and the Kremlin, according to two of the Reuters sources.
Spokeswoman Lindsay Walters says the information will be available before the Thursday deadline set by the Office of Government Ethics.
The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued amid reports the FBI was investigating meetings Mr Kushner had in December with Russian officials.
Earlier this week it was reported that the FBI was investigating his contacts with Russian officials.
Mr Trump is concluding his first foreign trip as president this week.
One former senior intelligence official told the newspaper that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would quickly find out about a Trump transition official going in and out of a Russian diplomatic mission.
Speaking broadly speaking about Trump's foreign trip, Cohn said the "the president was able to make some of the most awesome deals that have been made by an administration ever".
Mr Kushner's was one of the names that was revealed, the official said, prompting a closer look at the President's son-in-law's dealings with Mr Kislyak and other Russians.
The intelligence described emails between then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and a political operative suggesting that Lynch would make the FBI investigation of Clinton go away.
The meeting was initially disclosed in March by the White House.