Trump, Republicans push back on Kushner reports

Trump, Republicans push back on Kushner reports

Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a back channel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.

'There is another question about his security clearance and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts on that, ' Schiff said.

The Administration's defence of Kushner coming after it was reported Kushner participated in discussions with Russia's envoy over on setting up a secret back-channel communications link between the White House and the Kremlin.

"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.

"Kushner, who some say has sealed himself off from the competing White House power centers, may now be in a position of needing allies".

Mr Trump's tweets came as the media reported that the White House was preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.

-Russian cooperation to end the Syrian civil war, but it could also have been used by Flynn, who would soon be named national security adviser, with military officials in Moscow, according to the Times.

The US leader visited Arlington National Cemetery to mark Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for the nation's war dead, but had to quickly pivot his attention to the Russian Federation scandal after returning to Washington late Saturday from his first global trip since taking office.

President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington
Harris said she knows people are here for different reasons but believes her family is not the only ones thinking of her son. Trump singled out for praise three fallen heroes, killed fighting terrorists in Afghanistan since 2010 - Marine 1st Lt.

"I think any time you can open lines of communication with anyone, whether they're good friends or not-so-good friends, is a smart thing to do", Kelly said.

The FBI is reportedly looking into Kushner and the Kislyak conversation as part of its probe into Russia's hacking of the 2016 campaign and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The disclosure of the back channel put White House advisers on the defensive, as Trump wrapped up his first foreign trip as president.

He is the only person now in the White House known to be under investigation.

That follows a recent report from The Washington Post alleging that Kushner wanted to develop a secure, private line with Russian Federation.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, has requested information and documents from Mr Trump's campaign.

The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials. He also demanded that Kushner testify before the Oversight Committee.

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