Corey Lewandowski says he's open to White House communications job
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 3:48
"And it's much easier, I think, if you have people who have a pre-existing relationship with him". Another person who is being looked at for alleged Russian Federation links is Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. There's also the Espionage Act, which prohibits the disclosure of classified information, and the Foreign Agent Registration Act, which prohibits anyone from acting as a secret agent of a foreign power.
He then praised Trump as "the greatest communicator as a president we've ever had" - something his current communications team should be aware of and know how to handle.
Gergen went on to describe how Kushner's influence in the White House seems to have weakened. Sean Spicer and Trump himself just keep screaming about fake news, but Spicer wouldn't deny that the story is true and others have been out there saying he was right to do it. But if so, why insist on using the communications through the Russian embassy or consulate? The newspaper cited anonymous U.S. officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.
Opponents of the Trump administration were quick to take the opportunity to accuse Kushner of potentially committing espionage and Democrats have called for his security clearance to be removed till the investigation concludes.
The barrage of revelations has been felt by Trump's allies.
The White House senior adviser's behavior shows "an obvious pattern of secrecy and deception", Beyer added.
"We are referring all matters regarding this to outside White House counsel", he said in response to a question about news reports former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before Congress as early as next week. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is bring considered to play a role, and has been spotted at the White House on several occasions over the past week. As for their second-in-commands, however, no names have been offered up for public and Senate scrutiny.
Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what United States intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda to boost Trump's chances of winning the White House.
The President and a small group of people know exactly what he meant.
"FBI agents would eventually like to speak to Mr. Kushner about meetings he held in December with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banker and any other interactions he may have had with Russians linked to intelligence services", the Wall Street Journalreported last week.
While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.