Schiff: 'There Ought To Be A Review' Of Kushner's Security Clearance

In a statement issued to the New York Times, Mr Trump said that his son-in-law was "doing a great job for the country".

But White House staff have noted, according to a New York Times report, that in his occasional dressings-down of his staff Trump has lately included Kushner, whereas at the beginning of his campaign and his administration Kushner was usually immune.

McCain's comments come two days after news broke that Kushner, a trusted aide to President Donald Trump and husband to Ivanka Trump, chatted with Russia's ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower in December about the proposed channel.

CNN reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into Kushner's many roles on both Trump's transition team and in the White House. "#FakeNews is the enemy!"

The FBI is reportedly looking into Kushner and the Kislyak conversation as part of its probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 campaign and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee has called for a review into Jared Kushner's security clearance in the wake of reports he wanted to set up a secret back-channel with Russian Federation.

Senior administration officials have brushed off concerns of a back-channel link. "So no, I would not be concerned about it". "And I think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not so good friends, it's a smart thing to do".

"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff told ABC's "This Week".

But Mr. Kushner is not the subject of a criminal investigation.

Also present at the meeting was Michael Flynn, the retired general who would become Mr. Trump's short-lived national security adviser, the three people said.

Kelly told "Fox News Sunday" there was nothing wrong with the Trump transition team trying to build relationships with the Russians as they prepared to take over the White House.

Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said the reports were "obviously very concerning", adding that - if proven - Kushner's top-secret security clearance should be removed immediately.

The wider investigation into Russia's alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel.

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a bigger threat to national security than ISIS.

Meanwhile, some top Republicans cast doubts on the Post's reporting, suggesting the whole episode may be a Russian ruse to throw America's political system into a tailspin. "And the other pattern we have is just a continuous drumbeat of inappropriate contacts with the Russians".

  • Leroy Wright