Is a White House, Trump administration shake-up underway?

Carla Harmon
May 31, 2017

The president is also reported to be putting together a team of legal advisers to help him navigate the Russian Federation probe that is the subject of multiple investigations - one each by two chambers of United States congress, one by the FBI (now taken over by special counsel Robert Muller) and one by the Pentagon (specifically into Russian Federation contacts of Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn).

The Washington Post previously reported that Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the USA, told his superiors in Moscow that Kushner proposed a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Russian government in December.

"I have total confidence in him". He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars.

The news website Politico called Kushner the White House's " lead distraction" following what is being seen as Trump's mostly successful first foreign trip, which featured a stopover in Israel.

The back channel was meant to connect Michael Flynn, who later became Trump's first national security adviser, with Russian military leaders, said the person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy considerations and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Schiff said he expects Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, will soon be asked to testify before his House committee.

But Kushner is being told to "lay low", one White House official told NBC News, in the aftermath of those reports and new revelations that he sought to set up a secret back-channel with Russian Federation. That has raised questions about why he was meeting with Kushner at a crucial moment in the presidential transition, according to current and former officials familiar with the investigations. Federal investigators are examining why Kushner and Gorkov met.

The disclosures dogged Trump during his first trip overseas since taking office and threaten to overwhelm and stall the agenda for his young presidency.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.

He added that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster have both discussed that "in general terms, back channels are an appropriate part of diplomacy".

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.

- White House communications director Mike Dubke said Tuesday he is resigning.

Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the "fake news media" in a series of tweets earlier Sunday.

Lieu, a Democrat from California, last week called for Kushner to be prosecuted for not disclosing at least three contacts with Russia's ambassador to the US during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Trump-Kushner relationship is "showing unmistakable signs of strain", the Times reported in an article published on its front page Monday.

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