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NYTimes: Kushner Attempted to Set Up Direct Line to Putin

NYTimes: Kushner Attempted to Set Up Direct Line to Putin

"I would just say that any line of communication to a country, particularly a country like Russian Federation, is a good thing", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

The Trump relative suggested Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. for the private talks, Kisylak reportedly said.

The official said the two share a "healthy understanding that there's attention on you when you're at this level", adding that they are "unfazed" by the scrutiny of the past week.

Kislyak facilitated Kushner's meeting with Gorkov, who has not been known to act in a diplomatic capacity for Putin.

"It's both normal in my opinion and acceptable", he told ABC News on Sunday.

How did Jared Kushner get away with lying on his top secret security clearance? She has blamed Russian meddling in the election as one of the reasons she lost.

Asked if such communications were a big deal, Kelly said: "any time you have channels of communication with a country, particularly one like Russian Federation, I wouldn't criticize it". "And they're still trying".

"But at the end of the day it's not a bad thing to have lines of communication across the spectrum".

President Trump tells the New York Times he has "total confidence" in his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. I mean, this becomes more and more freakish. But that's the whole point.




We've also learned that White House communications director Mike Dubke has announced he'll leave the White House, which has some speculating it could be a sign of a larger staff shakeup to come. "So, I don't see the big deal", Kelly said.

The testimony is expected in the coming days, though a time has not been set.

"So, again, as they begin to build relationships, there's nothing wrong with that".

Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on January 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary.

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

"My dashboard warning light was clearly on and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community - very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians", Clapper told NBC's "Meet The Press".

He declared his "total confidence" in Kushner, who boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and global responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race. The link was not established, The Post reported.

The AP and other news organizations reported that Kushner in December proposed a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.


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