Kushner Lying Low After Russia-Related Reports
- Author: Larry Hoffman May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 19:13
"He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer and a veteran of the Clinton-era Department of Justice, said in a statement, CBS News reported May 25.
President Donald Trump returned home from his first trip overseas to face a new series of allegations against his administration - and he hit the ground tweeting with a series of posts slamming "leaks" and so-called "fake news", while stating his recent trip was a "great success".
United States media outlets and officials have repeatedly accused members of Trump's team of having contacts with Russian Federation, alleging that Moscow used these contacts for its own ends and even meddled in the U.S. 2016 presidential election. One source said his contacts with Russians have been the subject of scrutiny for months, according to The Wall Street Journal.
However, on the very next day, Mr Trump told the visiting Russian Foreign Minister it was because Comey was probing into possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election - that was the real reason he sacked him. 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".
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters in an off-camera news conference that he does not find backchannel communications with Russian Federation problematic.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's National Security Advisor HR McMaster said, generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries".
Mr Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and global responsibilities underscoring his importance as Mr Trump's chief aide-de-camp, despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race.
"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.
This is not the first time McCain has been vocal about the Trump administration's relationship with Russian Federation.
"Mr. Kushner has consistently said that he will share what he knows about these meetings, and the details pertaining to, which were previously reported in March", she added.
Ms. Conway declined to comment on The New York Times report that Mr. Kushner met with a Russian banker for reasons the Federal Bureau of Investigation is still investigating, but she did comment on White House Communications Director Mike Dubke's decision to leave the administration. He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about the deadly bombing at a concert in Britain.
"You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversations from?"
He is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.
Kushner has become a key figure in the ongoing controversy, with reports stating he asked Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak to set up a back-channel communication system between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, run from Russia's diplomatic facilities in the United States in order to circumvent USA monitoring.
"But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation", he said.
"We're chasing our tails as a nation when it comes to the Russians", Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN.
That raises big questions about the White House's claims that the meeting was part of an effort to establish a way of communicating with the Russians outside the normal channels that would possibly be monitored by US intelligence - an effort that in itself is highly unusual.
"My dashboard warning light was clearly on", Clapper said.