Russian probes hinder White House's attempt to fill admin jobs
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 15:39
Instead of answering questions from reporters on Trump's actions while serving in public office, the White House plans to deflect these inquiries to his personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, who has worked for Trump for 15 years and was part of the Trump campaign's attempt to push back on reporting about Trump sexually harassing women.
Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.
The lawmakers cited a May 12 Reuters report that a Chinese immigration agency promoting the Kushner Companies project had touted Kushner's White House connections to assure potential investors that the One Journal Square project would succeed and investors would receive green cards. Kushner's alleged communications with Russian Federation have gained the FBI's attention, according to a report in the Washington Post. Now he hasn't necessarily gone as far as Darrell Issa, hiding on a rooftop to avoid people, but hiding in the bushes is pretty damn close to it.
A new survey from Monmouth University says that 42% of Americans believe Spicer does more harm than good when he speaks on behalf of the administration, while only 28% see him as helping rather than harming his boss.
And then, nothing. Trump left his followers hanging for hours, leaving the post online and unexplained as Twitter stewed with a handful of theories and an avalanche of jokes about what exactly the president was getting at.
The White House should thus be settling in for a long siege.
It is possible, of course, that Kushner was acting on Trump's orders when he allegedly suggested setting up a secret communications channel with Moscow using Russia's secure equipment.
Trump is still interviewing candidates for Federal Bureau of Investigation director after firing James Comey on May 9.
The FBI is interested in the details of Kushner's meeting with Kislyak, a meeting that the White House first disclosed in March.
Kasowitz has represented Trump in the past.
The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, a person familiar with the discussions told the AP. Spicer said, "The president and a small group of people know exactly what he meant".
In other words, while the positions are unfilled, they are not vacant and are nearly always occupied by career people who are chosen by the president from a narrowly-defined pool of individuals, while the president's nominee is vetted by the Senate.
Kushner, is one of Trump's closest advisers.