Kushner wanted 'link' with Russian Federation

Cesar Mills
May 30, 2017

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser a year ago, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy. Trump, who had been uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during his nine-day trip overseas, resumed his favorite pastime with fury on Sunday, dismissing allegations of Russian Federation ties as "fake news" and "fabricated lies".

"Jared is doing a great job for the country". He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. "He just realizes that this is going to be a part of his presidency, and he's going to allocate additional resources to make sure that it doesn't derail him from the rest of the important work that he's trying to do".

US President Donald Trump defended his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, on Sunday evening amid swirling allegations that he sought a secret communications link to Russian Federation, saying that he had full confidence in him and that he was a good person. He unleashed a flurry of tweets on Sunday, lashing out at what he calls the "fake news" media.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the lone Trump official representing the administration on Sunday public affairs shows, broadly characterized reports that Kushner might have sought such back-channel communications as "a good thing".

He said that Kushner's contacts with the Russians, if true, present "a real problem" in whether President Trump's son-in-law should be trusted.

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff. But people familiar with the matter say the Federal Bureau of Investigation now considers the encounter, as well as another meeting Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing and, again, it comes back to whatever the communication is, comes back into the government and shared across the government", he said. The Times said at the time that the family business' investment drive was also "highlighting their ties to Mr. Kushner as they court investors".

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"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff said.

"There's no way that it can be appropriate to say, 'I want to use a hostile government's communications system to avoid our government knowing anything about it, '" Cohen said.

The White House also grappled with reports that Kushner proposed setting up a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting. So reports the Washington Post. "But whether they were or not, they're still significant", Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and a chairman of the House committee probing Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election, told the New York Times.

"If you're going to create a back channel that relies exclusively on the Russian communications and apparatus, that's a really serious issue", added Mark Lowenthal, a former Central Intelligence Agency assistant director.

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.

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