Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Jared Kushner has some explaining to do on Russian Federation, if he can

On Kushner, a May 26 report by the Washington Post said Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that Donald Trump's senior adviser discussed establishing a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.

A top communications aide to President Donald Trump has resigned, in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first shoe to drop before a wider overhaul.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Mr Trump wrote in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday. But one reporter pointed out that Trump himself retweeted a Fox News article stating Kushner didn't seek a back channel.

Multiple reports have said Kushner's interactions are a matter of interest in the ongoing FBI probe into interactions between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - part of a snowballing set of investigations examining finances, possible concealment of information and alleged election collusion.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", he said on ABC's "This Week" program.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on May 30 to comment on Russian Federation and its alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Kushner's interactions with Russians - including Kislyak and an executive for a Russian bank under US sanctions - were not acknowledged by the White House until they were exposed in media reports. Dubke, a longtime GOP political operative and strategist, entered the White House in February and was among a small group of staffers that did not have a prior relationship with Trump.

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Referencing Corbyn's connections to the IRA, the Radio X DJ said that the allegations didn't "meet up to scrutiny". She said: "The European Commission has shown the importance of the choice faced by the British public next week".

Trump's National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster refused to talk about the allegations, but said that generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries".

But The Times of London reported that Kushner and Trump's relationship began to show cracks before the onslaught of Russian Federation allegations. Deputy Foreign Minister for Russia Sergei Ryabkov said the leaks undermine cooperation between the two countries and that the Kremlin is now only conducting basic level exchanges with the Trump administration because the government is concerned the information could be end up in the hands of the media. The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

"You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversations from?"

Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate.

Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I would just say that Mr. Kushner's attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings, and he will do the same if he's contacted and connected with any other inquiry".

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. "They are in to do us in".

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