Trump Says Has 'Total Confidence' in Son-in-law, Key Adviser Kushner
- Author: Leroy Wright May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 10:20
Kushner is President Donald Trump's son-in-law.
The appointment of a special counsel to lead the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the election, has also prompted the president to seek outside legal advice, with the president turning to his private lawyer, Mark Kasowitz, for advice.
Kushner is widely reported to have become a focus of the FBI investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
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. 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.
CBS News has confirmed that when Kushner met with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, the two discussed setting up a back channel for communications between the Trump transition team and Russian officials.
"He was president-elect, and he was clearly trying to set up some ultra-secret channel of communication with the Russians, in the midst of a burgeoning scandal over the Kremlin's interference in the United States elections".
"Obviously, the relationships that Jared was able to establish during transition helped develop this phenomenal worldwide trip that they just came back from", she said, though it is unclear if she was making a direct reference to the reporting on his attempts to secretly communicate with the Kremlin.
Kushner left the meeting with Kislyak off of disclosure forms he submitted to the government when applied for security clearance this year at the start of the Trump administration. But the timing of their meeting has raised questions given allegations by USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had worked to meddle in November's election to help Trump.
Reporters took issue with Trump's apparent double-standard on this topic as they questioned Spicer on Tuesday. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump told the New York Times. The Times" report says Kushner assured Trump that the firing would "be a political "win' that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey's ouster".
"He has expressed his desire to leave the White House", she said.
The Post reported Michael Flynn, the incoming national security adviser, was also at the meeting with Kushner and Kislyak.