Jared Kushner more than willing to answer Russia-related questions

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff told ABC's This Week.

But a former head of the US National Security Agency harshly condemned Mr Kushner's alleged effort to set up a secret communications line, saying if it is true, it would reveal a unsafe degree of ignorance or naivete.

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The new report follows allegations last week that Mr Kushner and the Russian ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak, discussed setting up a secure, private line of communication with Moscow using Russian facilities that bypassed the U.S. government.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was skeptical of the back-channel story because he did not trust Russian officials.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.

The unanswered questions about Russian Federation may add to declining USA relations with European allies.

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians. He was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts with Kislyak.

President Trump is reportedly considering a major shakeup to his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists over his frustrations by what he sees as his team's inability to contain the crisis involving alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House faces mounting questions about potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, which are also the subject of criminal and congressional investigations. It added that during that meeting, the Russians "broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner". "Back channels like this are the regular course of business and that's really all that we know".

"What that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner, so it doesn't predispose you toward any sort of content of that conversation or anything", McMaster said.

"Yes, he is a member of the family, he is a trusted adviser".

"Clearly, the White House is in crisis".

Reuters has reported that Mr Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Mr Kislyak a year ago, including two phone calls between April and November.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee cited a Reuters report in calling for an investigation into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" in marketing materials for a Kushner Companies real estate project, which suggested investors might be able to obtain USA green cards.

President Trump declined to speak with media throughout his entire overseas sojourn after leaving the United States facing accusations of trying to interfere with investigations into links between his presidential campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 USA election. "And the pool of people in New York City eager to come to his defense has shrunk".

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