Fake Media prevent Americans from hearing real story: Donald Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 1:55
In recent weeks, the president's relationship with his son-in-law, the most stable partnership in an often unstable White House, is showing obvious signs of strain.
News reports said Trump was meeting with attorneys at the White House on May 28 over matters related to Russian Federation, possibly to set up a so-called "war room" to respond to the controversy. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump said Sunday, as quoted by The News York Times. While he has called his first trip overseas a "home run", it was shadowed by reports about Moscow's interference and possible improper dealings with the Trump campaign and associates.
Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a backchannel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.
Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.
Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators past year as they began scrutinising former national security advisor Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters.
Kushner made his secret communications proposal on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by United States officials, the Post reported late Friday.
Trump on Sunday attacked the news media and dismissed leaks from the White House as "fake news" and "fabricated" amid reports about alleged communications between Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington.
Adam Schiff, the top Democratic lawmaker in the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told ABC News on Sunday he expected Kushner, who serves as an unpaid adviser to Trump, to appear before his congressional committee and suggested his security clearance be reviewed.
Schiff said he expects Kushner to be asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. He remains an influential confidant within the White House, as does his wife, Ivanka Trump.
The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the worldwide spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage - marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations - of an ever-widening probe into Russian meddling in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.
Republican US senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate.
Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on January 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary. The Times said at the time that the family business' investment drive was also "highlighting their ties to Mr. Kushner as they court investors". "They are not our friends".