Trump returns with plan to wage war on 'fake media'

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a major shakeup to his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists over his frustrations by what he sees as his team's inability to contain the crisis involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Following another week of negative stories about the widening investigation into top Trump advisers' communications with Russian Federation, the president accused the media broadly of creating fake sources within the White House, a charge made without specificity or evidence.

There is nothing inherently wrong with an incoming presidential administration establishing "back channel" communications with a foreign power such as Russia, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said Sunday.

Trump aides are also reportedly working to create a special communications team within the White House to separate the Russian Federation investigations and related scandals from the administration's day-to-day operations.

They include reports that Mr Jared Kushner sought a secret communications line with Moscow.

In mid-December, Kushner met with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, who is an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He added: "I would not be concerned about it".

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

Kushner made his secret communications proposal on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications reviewed by U.S. officials, the Post reported late Friday.

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government; so, it's not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government", he said.

On Sunday, Vincent Mitchell sat outside his little, yellow home and tried to make sense of how a family dispute led to a rampage that killed eight people, including the deputy who tried to keep them safe.

Schiff said he "fully" expects that the committee will want Kushner.

They ask why Kushner would suggest secret conversations with the ambassador and meet the head of a Russian bank under USA sanctions, failing - like a number of Trump associates - to mention it on his security-clearance form, all amid allegations Russia meddled in the US election. He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about the deadly bombing at a concert in Britain.

'What he told the intelligence committee about this email, he never suggested it was fake, so if he intervened in the election based on fake information generated by the Russians, that was incredibly incompetent.

The emails Comey allegedly knew to be fake were made by the Russians to look as though they were between then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and political operative Leonard Benardo, which implied then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch would make the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton go away.

Rep. Adam Schiff described the reports as "very concerning".

A further report suggests the couple are "not sold" on Washington life.

"We re chasing our tails as a nation when it comes to the Russians", US Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN.

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