Concerns over Jared Kushner's secret Russian 'back channel'

Concerns over Jared Kushner's secret Russian 'back channel'

The Washington Post and other media outlets reported over the weekend that Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, suggested to Russia's ambassador to the US that the Kremlin and Trump's transition team set up a secret communications channel and meet in Russian diplomatic facilities in order to avoid USA intelligence operations.

And, there is no sign that Trump has sidelined him, as the president told The New York Times, "Jared is doing a great job for the country".

"He seems to me to be a very open person and again, I'd let him speak for himself when the time is right on all these issues and at that time we can actually render judgement on the reality of what did or didn't take place". "He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars", he said.

Thursday: NBC News reported that Kushner is a subject of particular scrutiny in the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Kelly said that if such a line of communication was set up, the critical thing would have been for Kushner and other transition officials to understand that the information provided by the Russians might be intentionally false. He was echoing the sentiment of National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who declined to address the contents of Kushner's December meeting with the Russian diplomat to reporters in Sicily over the weekend and suggested that back-channel communications were commonplace and not concerning.

Mr Kushner, 36, even suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from monitoring, The Post said, quoting USA officials briefed on intelligence reports.

"He has expressed his desire to leave the White House", she said. The Post also reported that Mr. Kushner had proposed the communications channel and that it took Mr. Kislyak by surprise.

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Schiff said on "This Week" that 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".

He said the other potential problem would be if Kushner did not disclose meetings with Russian officials during the FBI's background check.

Additionally, Republican Sen. John McCain told an Australian news station that he was not pleased to hear reports regarding Kushner.

But a former head of the US National Security Agency harshly condemned Mr Kushner's alleged effort to set up a secret communications line, saying if it is true, it would reveal a risky degree of ignorance or naivete.

Back on American soil from his first foreign trip, President Trump on Sunday held meetings that could shake up White House operations and released a flurry of Twitter posts dismissing White House leaks as "fake news".

"Whenever you see the words 'sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names.,' he said in a two-part tweet, '.it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers.

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