Kellyanne Conway Addresses Kushner Reports: Backchannels Are 'Regular Course of Business'

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

Trump semi-regularly retweets items from FOX News and promotes shows from the network. It was followed by a New York Times article alleging that he may have tried to do so through a well-connected Russian banker whose financial institution is under sanction by the U.S.

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted a Fox News story also featuring an unnamed source claiming that Kushner did not bring up the back channel himself.

Trump also mocked the investigation on Tuesday, saying on Twitter, "Russian officials must be laughing" at the Democrats' "lame excuse" for losing on Election Day. "We know that there have been many news reports very recently that had the facts wrong", Conway said.

"#FakeNews is the enemy!" he continued.

In a familiar refrain, Trump tweeted that it was "fake news", but he is now under considerable pressure, with several investigations under way into his team's links with Russian Federation, which is accused of hacking Democratic Party emails in order to help Trump win the White House.

The White House declined to comment Friday night.

Two Trump administration officials, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, both said they saw nothing wrong with Kushner's overture to Moscow. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Former CIA Director Mike Hayden, said: "What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have had to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or appropriate idea?"

Mr Trump was meeting with attorneys at the White House on Sunday, presumably over the latest development in the long-running Russian Federation intelligence saga, news reports said.

Back channels aren't unusual in and of themselves, and neither is working with a geopolitical foe like Russian Federation on areas of mutual interest.

The Post based its story on intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by USA officials and leaked to the press.

Earlier this month, Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, who was overseeing that investigation. In March, Gorkov said he met with Kushner to discuss banking trends and promising sectors in Europe, Asia and the United States. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions.

Spicer responded: "I'm not going to get into it".

Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on January 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary.

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