House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance

Pauline Gross
May 29, 2017

The reports, in light of intelligence that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the US presidential election and help Trump win, have raised questions about Kushner's role at the White House going forward, as Federal Bureau of Investigation and Congressional probes continue. "If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff said on ABC's "This Week".

Kelly's comments, the closest anyone from the Trump administration has come to confirming reports that Kushner sought secret talks with the Russians before Inauguration Day, came the morning after the president returned to the USA from his first overseas trip.

Clapper was specifically asked about new reports that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner asked Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December about the possibilities of setting up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin.

As the expanding Russian Federation investigation hits closer to a home on Jared Kushner, Kelly said the top White House adviser was only looking out for the US. The California Democrat urged a review of Kushner's security clearance "to find out whether he was truthful".

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday.

Trump called his maiden trip overseas a "home run", but while the White House had hoped it would serve as a reset, attention on the Russian Federation probe has only increased.

The Washington Post report came one day after reports that Kushner is the focus of the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was cautious to comment on reports concerning Kushner, saying on Sunday's "Meet The Press", "I think Jared has said that he's more than willing to answer any and all questions".

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Speaking generally, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said "we have back channel communications with a number of countries".

"But for people associated with the campaign after that campaign has ended and where the Russians during that campaign were helping you, to try to establish a back channel and hide it from your own government, that's a serious allegation", he said. He added: "It allows you to communicate in a discreet manner".

In addition, Reuters reported that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak a year ago, including two phone calls between April and November. It was said to be the first time any investigators have made inquiries with Trump's campaign officials. Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told Reuters that Kushner "has no recollection of the calls as described".

The request from the committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clapper said he shared those same concerns with Brennan.

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

He also acknowledged that Kislyak had to be considered as part of the Russian intelligence community.

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