Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump to Review DC Life Every 6 Months

Cheryl Sanders
June 5, 2017

Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russian Federation, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump's son-in-law may need to be revoked.

Shortly after Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing". Trump fired Comey after allegedly asking him to drop the probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his close ties to the Kremlin.Kelly told "This Week" co-anchor Martha Raddatz on Sunday that with countries such as Russian Federation that are not allies of the U.S., any means of communication "is a good thing".The most aggressive take came from Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in November's presidential election, including the possibility of collusion with the Trump campaign.

In a statement Sunday night, published by the New York Times, Trump praised the work Kushner has done at the White House.

The Trump administration admits that the USA government has back-channel communication with "a number of countries", but did not say if the allegations against Kushner were true.

Just days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation began looking into Jared Kushner's interaction with Russian officials, President Trump has come out and said he has "total confidence" in his son-in-law and top political aide Jared Kushner.

Trump, according to one person familiar with his thinking, believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller's is set with the task of looking into Russian meddling in the election and possible ties of the Trump campaign to Moscow.

Jared Kushner has been a vital part of the White House from the start and is now under attack because of alleged claims that he attempted to establish back-channel connections with the Russian Federation government, with the intent to be hidden from public view. He was echoing the sentiment of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who declined to address the contents of Kushner's December meeting with the Russian diplomat to reporters in Sicily over the weekend and suggested that back-channel communications were commonplace and not concerning.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", he said on ABC's "This Week" program. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing".

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump semi-regularly retweets items from FOX News and promotes shows from the network.

The official said the two share a "healthy understanding that there's attention on you when you're at this level", adding that they are "unfazed" by the scrutiny of the past week. Top Democrats are calling for President Trump to revoke his son-in-law's security clearance. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions.

Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators a year ago as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources said.

"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC. They're staying put but have previously told friends they will continue to evaluate and reassess whether they plan to stay in Washington.

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