Scandal in the White House? Clinton Aides Know What That's Like
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 21:57
President Donald Trump's top counselor, Kellyanne Conway, on Tuesday dismissed the importance of recent reports that senior adviser Jared Kushner attempted to create a secret line of communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition previous year.
The Republican president returned to the White House after a nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe that ended on Saturday to face more questions about alleged communications between Jared Kushner and Russia's ambassador to Washington.
That request, if granted, would be an extraordinary step in the ongoing congressional investigation of the Trump campaign's communications with Russian Federation - and the FBI's inquiry of Kushner's talks with the Kremlin, which have gained greater significance in recent weeks.
Jared Kushner, 36, the United States president's most trusted adviser and husband to his daughter Ivanka, was looking to create a "back-channel" to the Russian president when he met Sergey Gorkov in December, it is claimed.
His comments were echoed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
Investigators are reportedly looking into whether one reason Trump officials wanted a direct line to the Kremlin was to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russian Federation over the conflict in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.
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.
"I don't know why people do it", Kelly said of the leaks. But one reporter pointed out that Trump himself retweeted a Fox News article stating Kushner didn't seek a back channel.
President Donald Trump Tuesday retweeted an article citing an unnamed source, two days after suggesting news outlets that cite unnamed sources could be making them up.
Trump spent Sunday meeting with attorneys at the White House, presumably to set strategy for dealing with the Russian Federation investigation that has largely sidetracked his legislative agenda.
"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.
Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster refused to talk about the allegations, but said that generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries..."
Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC.