Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Kushner reports

Cheryl Sanders
May 28, 2017

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.

"Just returned from Europe".

Others, however, said there's a healthy recognition that this is what it's like to be in the Trump White House: a successful foreign trip one week, drowned out by negative headlines the following. "Hard work but big results!" he wrote.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies", he tweeted.

US President Donald Trump, who was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed his favourite past-time today with a tweet storm in which he thundered against "fake news".

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. News has reported that Kushner is under FBI scrutiny related to the Russian Federation investigations, but is not a "subject" of them.

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser past year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy.

After the November 8 election, Kushner and Flynn also discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies, two of the sources said.

The request was reportedly made at a meeting at Trump Tower, and the communications were intercepted by USA intelligence and then leaked to The Washington Post.

The disclosure of the back channel put White House advisers on the defensive Saturday, as Trump wrapped up his first foreign trip as president.

And Senate Democrats said that they were planning to use the latest Russia-related crisis to increase pressure on attaching Russian Federation sanctions to the Iran sanctions bill that passed the Foreign Relations Committee last week.

A senior administration official said there was widespread concern, predating the foreign trip, that Kushner was in trouble - but "no one that I know has been asked to provide documents" and that it wasn't talked about openly in the White House or staff meetings.

The New York Times said the channel was never established.

"I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid". "If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a backchannel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that security clearance".

While the FBI is investigating Kushner's contacts with Russian Federation, he is not now a target of that investigation, the current law enforcement official said.

Republicans have hit back.

"The president was open - he was curious about why others were in the position they were in, his counterparts in other nations", the Defense secretary said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"We're just not going to comment". "Whatever the communication is, it comes back to the government and is shared".

"I have to say as well, Chuck", Clapper added, "we have a time-honored custom that we have one president and one administration at a time". "So generally speaking about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner".

Reports suggest Mr Trump is scheduled to meet soon with a hard-hitting NY lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, whom he has retained to help deal with the FBI investigation. Who are all of the suspects and what are they exactly suspected of? Mr O'Reilly denied the claims.

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