Three lawmakers question Kushner Cos on concerns over White House tie
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 5:53
Jason Greenblatt, the White House adviser on worldwide negotiations, told the Times that Kushner has helped shape policy options on the topic of the Middle East. Greenblatt said that Kushner deserved much of the credit for Trump's trip last week to the Middle East. "Jared put together all the moving parts", Greenblatt told the Times.
At the same time, talks with two former advisers, Mr Corey Lewandowski and Mr David Bossie, about joining the White House staff grew more complicated.
President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the US commander in chief's communications.
The changes may also include more lawyers to handle the Russian Federation probe as part of the effort to tackle a scandal that has threatened to consume Trump's young presidency.
Fresh off President Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow. The now president has plans to hire new aides to White House.
As first reported by The Washington Post last week - and still not denied by the Trump administration as of Tuesday - Donald Trump's son-in-law sought a secure communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin using Russian communications equipment, which strongly suggests the incoming administration wanted to avoid US intelligence monitoring. It is expected that he will return there now the White House Communications Director. Now the intrigue and possible collusion with the Russians has reached even deeper inside the Trump administration to his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive. And so the Russians aren't gaining anything at all, in fact, from this Trump presidency being in place.
Trump also has renewed his criticism of Germany following Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion that her country needs to adopt a more independent stance in world affairs. Still, unnamed administration officials close to the president reportedly are pushing Kushner to step aside during the investigation. United States intelligence officials have said Kushner is not accused of any wrongdoing.