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Kushner wanted 'link' with Russian Federation

Kushner wanted 'link' with Russian Federation

The White House is bracing for the testimony soon of James Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Trump fired even as he was heading the probe into the Trump campaign connection with Russian Federation.

That Kushner has the president's ear is unquestionable, and his alleged involvement with Russian Federation further complicated the question of the administration's connection with Russian Federation.

In a statement given to the New York Times, Mr Trump praised the "great job" Mr Kushner is doing.

Trump said in a tweet yesterday, a day after he returned from his maiden overseas trip, which he described as a big success. "I have total confidence in him", he continued. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.

"In addition to that, and perhaps more important, he is a very good person", Trump added.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner listens during President Donald Trump's joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 17.

Jared Kushner (left) is a senior adviser to his father-in-law, US President Donald Trump.

The conversation between Mr. Kushner and the Ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, took place during a meeting at Trump Tower that Trump's presidential transition team did not acknowledge at the time.

They include reports that Mr Jared Kushner sought a secret communications line with Moscow.

In December, Kushner joined Michael Flynn, who later became national security adviser before being forced out, to try to set up back-channel communications between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team, which raised red flags in the intelligence community.

Current and former US officials said Mr. Kushner's activities, like those of many others around Mr. Trump, are under scrutiny as part of the investigation.




Earlier Sunday, Trump lashed out against "fake news" on social media, as the disclosure this week-end of Kushner's efforts for a back channel to Moscow put the White House on the defensive. "#FakeNews is the enemy!", Trump said in a series of tweets.

He said the USA could not necessarily trust messages from Russian Federation, but would include this distrust as another "data point" in White House deliberations.

Mr Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday. And the way that you can communicate with people in particular organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us is a good thing.

Schiff said the government needed to "get to the bottom" of the matter and urged a review of Kushner's security clearance "to find out whether he was truthful".

"We have back-channel communication with a number of countries", he added, without commenting specifically on the Kushner allegations.

Raddatz said Kislyak must know "he's being monitored all the time" and asked Schiff if it was possible the Russians wanted USA intelligence to hear what the Russian ambassador said about Kushner.

"If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said.

It's been just a few days since news surfaced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the role Kushner held during the campaign and transition, including his contacts with Russian officials, his role in the campaign's data analytics operation, and his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Republican US senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate. The Senate and House Intelligence committees are also leading their own investigations, but not with an eye to bringing criminal charges.

"My dashboard warning light was clearly on", Clapper said.

"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC.


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