Clapper: I Never Saw "Smoking Gun" Certitude Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Before this report, Kushner was already being scrutinized for his conversation in December with Kislyak, where he allegedly tried to establish a back channel for communications between Russian Federation and Trump's transition team. "#FakeNews is the enemy!", Trump said in a series of tweets.

Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, has joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying Russian Federation investigations.

"So generally speaking, about backchannel communications, what that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner".

"With the appointment of (former Federal Bureau of Investigation director) Mr.(Robert) Mueller, we've now hit that stage of a scandal", McCain said on on "Fox News Sunday".

"Whenever you see the words sources say in the fake news media, and they don t mention names it is very possible that those sources don t exsist but are made up by fake news writers".

Reporters also asked about Jared Kushner's communication with Russian officials.

- Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke exclusively to ABC News' Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday about his concerns with Kusher, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor.

On concerns that the relationship with Germany has become strained, as expressed in Chancellor Angela Merkel's remarks suggesting that Europe can not rely as much on the United States as it once did: "I think the relationship that the president has had with Merkel, he would describe as fairly unbelievable".

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. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser-in-waiting, also attended.

Last May, the Washington Post obtained a recording by a man claiming to be Trump's media spokesman.

Fox News' version of events, which it said came from one anonymous source "familiar with the matter", contradicts numerous reports from news outlets including The New York Times and The Washington Post.

He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about this week's deadly bombing at a concert in England.

Schiff said he expects Kushner to be asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee. Labeling him a "target" would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.

Jared Kushner could have been trying to get direct access to Russian President Vladimir Putin when he met with a Russian banker in December.

On the question of whether the president is close to selecting a replacement for James Comey as director of the FBI, Spicer gave no definitive answer.

During the Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton White House brought on a dedicated group of lawyers and a created a separate media operation to handle investigation-related inquiries so they didn't completely subsume the president's agenda.

Former CIA director John Brennan revealed this week that intelligence chiefs had been looking into suspicious contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials since mid-2016. "For example, he also started conversations with leaders from Saudi Arabia that led to the president's recent successful worldwide trip".

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