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House Democrats demand Kushner's security clearance be revoked

House Democrats demand Kushner's security clearance be revoked

On the job for only three months, Michael Dubke left, he said, for "personal reasons".

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Kushner is now under FBI scrutiny as it investigates meetings he had with Russian officials during the transition period following the November election, though it does not mean he is the target of the investigation.

Normally, such potential staff changes might be of interest purely to Washington insiders, but numerous key players in this administration have become pseudo celebrities in their own rights. The "Russia matter" is not insignificant but it must not dominate the Trump presidency.

Trump has long believed that he is his most effective spokesperson and has groused about supporters and aides not defending him vigorously enough.

Almost from the beginning of this administration some Trump backers have had their knives out for the former chair of the Republican National Committee, viewed by some as part of the party establishment.

The Secret Service says it has charged a person who attempted to jump over a bike rack barricade near the White House. But Trump also values loyalty, so while Priebus may be removed from his current post, he could also be moved to another role in the administration. "It really was Priebus who stuck his neck out on the line a lot of times for Trump when people were bumpy on whether Trump could pull it off".

Asked about Comey's evidence and whether the president had engaged in obstruction of justice, his press secretary Sean Spicer replied: "We are focused on the president's agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz".




Spicer said he thinks the president "is very pleased with his team", but he added, "Ultimately the best messenger is the president himself".

Spicer was asked a number of questions.

He was the national security adviser who had to quit because he misled the White House about his contacts with Russian Federation.

But Trump has defended Kushner on Twitter, dismissing stories about him as "fabricated lies". I can't discuss them here, but I can say that some of the stories I read in the news are simply false.

The Republican strategist said: "His son-in-law is his son-in-law. Sometimes it doesn't even reflect poorly on Donald Trump, it just undermines our national security, like the leaks in recent weeks of intelligence shared by the United Kingdom with USA intelligence officials related to the Manchester bombing", he added. He is particularly irked by the way the media interpreted his absence from Trump's visit with the Pope as the president snubbing him.

At the same time, Trump is frustrated with what he views as his team's inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations.

The White House and the Russian bank have offered conflicting explanations for the meeting between Kushner and Sergey Gorkov, a Putin appointee, which has only fueled the intrigue around the senior Trump aide who was named as a point of focus in the FBI's criminal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to United States officials briefed on the investigation.


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