Trump hits out at 'fake news' about son-in-law

Clapper previously testified before a Senate judiciary subcommittee that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation - but he also said he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until former FBI Director James Comey announced it publicly at a House hearing in March. "Extremely unlikely", Judge Napolitano said.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Democrats have repeatedly requested that Kushner's security clearance be retracted until the investigation is complete.

White House communications director Michael Dubke has quit after only three months on the job, and the White House may set up a rapid-response war room to deal with the Russian Federation investigations.

If Trump didn't know anything about what Kushner was doing, it would be to his benefit to say exactly that.

Schiff said the government needed to "get to the bottom" of the matter and urged a review of Kushner's security clearance "to find out whether he was truthful".

Mr Kushner had been regarded as an ascendent figure in the White House and a flag-bearer for the more moderate voices in the administration. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

On the bombing investigation Trump wrote: "British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to US about Manchester was leaked".

In March the White House disclosed that the two had met, but the Post's sources say that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken an interest in what was discussed.

"He needs to answer for what was happening at the time", Booker said.

"I think we should look at that...this is a pretty bad breach". "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".

The talks between Kushner and the Russians, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with Moscow, which USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in the property tycoon's favor.

While taxes have taken a back seat in recent weeks, Trump tweeted Sunday: "The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule".

The president went on the offensive Sunday morning without pointing to any of the specific reports, but he told his 30.8 million Twitter followers that it was his "opinion" that numerous "leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".

On Sunday, the President tweeted "Whenever you hear the words "sources say" in the fake news media, they don't mention is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers". Tensions were eased after then-President John F. Kennedy used back-channel communications with his counterpart, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev. Preet Bharara, who was the USA attorney in Manhattan at the time said the spy was under "the guise of being a legitimate banker, gathered intelligence as an agent of the Russian Federation in NY". 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.

Spicer pivoted to talking about a statement provided by Kushner's attorney that he had already referenced in the briefing and mentioned the dossier prepared by a former British spy that contained unverified claims about Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

The meeting also was attended by Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser.

A special counsel is investigating whether Trump aides colluded with Russian officials to help him win the November election, while congressional committees have called on numerous current and former Trump aides to testify.

The Washington Post previously reported that Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., told his superiors in Moscow that Kushner proposed a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Russian government in December.

Spicer explained that "what I just said speaks for itself" and added that there were two issues at hand - Kushner's attorneys' statement and the Trump/Russia dossier being largely discredited.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway defended senior adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday, saying his reported proposal to establish a secret channel with the Kremlin in December, using Russian facilities, was part of "the regular course of business".

  • Larry Hoffman