White House mounts staunch defense of Kushner

White House officials have asked President Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner to "lay low", following news that a federal probe into Russian interference in the 2016 race had zeroed in on him, NBC News reported Monday.

"The FBI's Russian Federation investigation reached Trump's backyard, and now it's in his house", the Democratic National Committee said in a statement. "I have total confidence in him". He is respected by everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.

In his first on-camera press briefing in almost two weeks, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer argued that news stories that use anonymous sources are unreliable, and called recent reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times that Kushner had worked to establish backchannel communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition unsubstantiated.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, had contacts with Moscow in December about opening a secret back channel of communications, according to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip.

Congressional Democrats demanded to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel, saying his security clearance may need to be revoked.

In addition, Kushner disclosed none of his contacts with Russians or any other foreign officials when he applied for his security clearance in January.

Trump also has to decide soon on a Pentagon recommendation to add more USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, as well as boosting reinforcement for the beleaguered Afghan military.

There is a history of back-channel communications with adversaries. "Extremely unlikely", Judge Napolitano said.

Last week, the Arizona lawmaker said investigations into allegations of ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation were reaching "Watergate size and scale". Shortly after the election, Kushner allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria.

We all know that when President Twitter Fingers wants to say something, he tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account.

Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the "fake news media" in a series of tweets earlier Sunday.

USA diplomats have relied on back channels with foreign counterparts in other situations involving sensitive negotiations.

And while no one knows exactly what Kushner does, we do know that his sister is out here pushing them visas and his Russian-sauced ass is going to have to explain whatever happened at those meetings in December, even if we already know.

"Jared is doing a great job for the country", he said.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer pushed back Tuesday on the idea that a broader reorganization was imminent, but he acknowledged the president is frustrated with news stories "that are absolutely false, that are not based in fact".

"The relationships Jared was able to establish during the transition helped develop this phenomenal worldwide trip that they just came back from", Ms. Conway said on Fox News.

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