Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team
- Author: Carolyn Briggs May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 12:36
Shortly after Mr Trump's remarks, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".
And the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, Calif., suggested that Kushner's security clearance should be reviewed.
Mr Kushner, who is married to Mr Trump's daughter Ivanka and is a special adviser to the President, is facing an investigation into claims he spoke with Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, about establishing a secret channel between the presidential transition team and Moscow to discuss the war in Syria and other issues.
"I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Schiff said.
Trump, who had been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed his favorite past-time with fury on Sunday, dismissing allegations of Russian Federation ties as "fake news" and "fabricated lies". Kushner, retired Gen. Michael Flynn and now-White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon also met with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi in NY, a meeting the Obama administration learned about when the prince's name appeared on a flight manifest.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, has requested information and documents from Mr Trump's campaign.
Establishing so-called "back channels" with foreign governments is not the big deal the major media is making it out to be, Trump administration officials and analysts say.
NBC News reported on Thursday that Kushner was under scrutiny by the FBI, in the first sign that the investigation, which began last July, has reached the president's inner circle. "So you know there's a lot of different ways to communicate - back-channel, publicly - with other countries". "There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, where he was candid" about his Russian Federation contacts.
"I think that any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", he said.
Before entering the administration and the Trump family itself, Kushner was already exorbitantly wealthy.
And then he celebrated the "great success" of his Europe trip.
The disclosure of the back channel put the White House on the defensive.
Investigators are also interested in a meeting Mr Kushner had with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, according to reports.
Questions have long swirled about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's future, with Trump still weighing a higher-profile role for Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But the said official did not address the Kushner reports on Saturday.
"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period". Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.
The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.
The contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials during the presidential campaign coincided with what USA intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House and damage his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.