Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

He is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.

They include reports that Mr Jared Kushner sought a secret communications line with Moscow.

There is little that separates the Democrats from Trump when it comes to savage cuts in social programs and new windfalls for the rich.

Schiff said he "fully" expects that the committee will want Kushner. Officials said he misled Vice-President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Mr Trump's tweets came as the media reported that the White House was preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster refused to talk about the allegations. "What that allows you to do is communicate in a discrete manner".

Back-channel communications might be harmless "in the abstract", Rep. The conversation was relayed by Kislyak to Moscow and intercepted by U.S. intelligence officials, according to USA officials briefed on the reports. Then imagine that Mezvinsky had tried to conduct secret freelance diplomacy with Moscow from inside the Russian embassy. "Kushner's security clearance should be suspended until the FBI's findings are complete". This, even though Kushner was a private citizen at the time, the Obama administration was still in charge of United States foreign policy, and Kushner reportedly asked if it would be possible to use secure communications facilities within the Russian embassy.

"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said. "You always have to take into consideration that the Russians may be doing things that are created to throw you off the track or provoke discord". He suggested that Kushner would have relayed any information exchanged in such meetings to the US Government to try to broker a more favourable relationship with an adversary. Corker said that at this time, they are letting the situation unfold and that they will speak with him "when the time is right". Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview with ABC News.

The hue and cry over Kushner's alleged proposal for a secret line of communication with Russian Federation is a red herring.

Mr Trump returned to Washington after a nine-day overseas tour and immediately went on the offensive, saying the leaks coming out of his administration were "fabricated lies' invented by the media".

Graham, who is leading a Senate Judiciary Committee inquiry into Russian cyberattacks on the 2016 presidential election, said it was "stunning" and not something that had been relayed to congressional investigators.

The House Intelligence Committee also is investigating Russian interference in the election, and Schiff repeatedly declined to confirm whether the committee had been aware of the allegations against Kushner before The Post's report came out.

The wider investigation into Russian Federation s alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

Almost two hours passed before the president had another thought worth tweeting.

Other major issues await decisions by Trump.

Even when authorized, however, top officials in the Trump White House frequently request anonymity to brief reporters "on background", meaning their names will not be disclosed. 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.

Questions have long swirled about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's future, with Trump still weighing a higher-profile role for Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The report, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who U.S. intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November presidential election in Mr Trump's favour.

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