Prof. Larry Jacobs: 'Clearly, The White House Is In Crisis'

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2017

President Donald Trump spent his first day back from the G7 summit Sunday confronting, and seemingly downplaying, the new allegations against his son-in-law.

In a statement to the New York Times, published late Sunday night, the 45th President of the United States said his son-in-law was doing a "great job for the country" and that he had "total confidence" in his performance thus far.

"It's my understanding that the White House has pushed back and said [Trump] didn't do that, so I'll take him at his word", Kelly said.

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.

There has been no indication that Mr Kushner, who returned from Mr Trump's first foreign trip as president with his wife Ivanka on Friday, may be stepping down from his role as adviser.

Kushner discussed creating a backchannel between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin to discuss military operations in Syria and other matters in a meeting last December with Russian ambassador to Washington Sergey Kislyak, sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN. This comes as the president, who is considering a change in communications strategy, met with two top former campaign staffers, Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. But Kelly said such back-channel communications don't bother him and would not be harmful to USA security interests. Kushner is alleged to have spoken with Russia's ambassador to the US about setting up a back-channel communications network with Moscow during the presidential transition. He said they may be used in situations including secret talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of hostages.

The Washington Post reports the White House plans to take more aggressive action to combat the growing scandal surrounding alleged contacts between Trump associates and Russian Federation.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he was not troubled by Jared Kushner's reported attempts to establish a back-channel with Russian Federation. Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview with ABC News.

White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case.

The White House has denied that Trump pressured Comey in any way, though the Federal Bureau of Investigation director is believed to have written detailed memos on his discussions with the president that indicate the opposite.

The Democratic National Committee called for Kushner's security clearance to be suspended until after the FBI investigation is concluded.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump returned to the USA after a 9-day trip Saturday evening.

With someone so close to Trump in the cross hairs, special counsel Robert Mueller has every reason to examine any relationships between the Trump campaign and Russian officials or oligarchs in minute detail - and also to look closely at any Russia connections the Trump and Kushner family business empires might have.

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