Kushner Asked to Lay Low After Reports Connecting Him to Russia Probe

Olive Rios
May 30, 2017

But Kelly said such back-channel communications don't bother him and would not be harmful to US security interests. What that allows you to do is communicate in a discreet manner.

Trump had stayed silent on the reports during his trip overseas, including after NBC News reported on Thursday that his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is under scrutiny in the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

In office, Trump remains under pressure.

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania step off Air Force One May 27, 2017 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland following his nine-day foreign trip.

"In addition to that, and perhaps more important, he is a very good person", Trump added. Kushner has not yet been charged with any wrongdoing, and it is still unclear what was discussed between Kushner and the Russians.

The allegations against Mr Kushner dominated an end-of-trip briefing for reporters in Taormina, Italy, where General H R McMaster, the President's national security adviser, and economic adviser Gary Cohn, declined to comment on Mr Kushner. The Times said at the time that the family business' investment drive was also "highlighting their ties to Mr. Kushner as they court investors".

Schiff said he could neither confirm nor deny the allegations against Kushner, but if they are accurate, "it's obviously very concerning". "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".

The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the worldwide spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage - marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations - of an ever-widening probe into Russian meddling in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

Mr Kushner, 36, even suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from monitoring, the report said, quoting U.S. officials.

In public on Sunday, Trump and senior administration figures sought to deflect the focus onto "leakers" and the press.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said it was "obviously very concerning" if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications during the transition period with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"British Prime Minister (Theresa) May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked. Gave me full details!" It is journalistic protocol to restrict the identification of sources when requested, and where necessary.

In the tweet above, Trump didn't specify which anonymous sources he is taking issue with. "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case and I'm sure he's willing to do so", Corker said on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

"It's darn close to treason", he added.

Mr Trump stepped up to insist he had never said the word "Israel" in his talks with Russian officials - effectively confirming that nation as the source of the information.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he would not confirm the stories about Kushner's conversations, but added that he was "very concerned" about reports of the Trump administration approaching Russian Federation "from a theoretical standpoint". He has told friends that he and his wife, Ivanka, have made no long-term commitment to remain by Trump's side, saying they would review every six months whether to return to private life in NY.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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