Kellyanne Conway Addresses Kushner Reports: Backchannels Are 'Regular Course of Business'

31 Mai, 2017, 12:16 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • Kellyanne Conway Addresses Kushner Reports: Backchannels Are 'Regular Course of Business'

And Kushner was still a private citizen, not yet a government official.

Kushner's meetings with Russians have come under increasing scrutiny. Neither the meeting nor the Americans involved were under US surveillance, officials told the Post.

White House sources told NBC News that Mr Kushner has now been advised to "lay low" while news about the FBI investigation continues to make headlines.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway defended senior adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday, saying his reported proposal to establish a secret channel with the Kremlin in December, using Russian facilities, was part of "the regular course of business".

Questions have long swirled about White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's future, with Trump still weighing a higher-profile role for Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Trump was meeting with attorneys at the White House on Sunday, presumably over the latest development in the long-running Russian Federation intelligence saga, news reports said.

But Kornbluh adds that back channels have also been abused. "I don't think it's standard procedure prior to the inauguration of the president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position".

Flynn attended the meeting at Trump Tower with Kislyak.

There's no good explanation if Jared Kushner did ask Russia's ambassador to set up a secret way to communicate with the Kremlin, away from the watchful eyes of USA intelligence.

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In a statement on Monday, Hicks said that "Mr. Kushner was acting in his capacity as a transition official" in meeting with the Russians.

"There's another question about his security clearance, and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts [with Russia]", Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) told ABC's Martha Raddatz. The "Times" reports that in March 2016, a Russian intelligence agent was caught posing as a bank employee in NY and pleaded guilty to spying against the United States.

"Jared is doing a great job.", he said.

"Yes, he is a member of the family, he is a trusted adviser".

Rather, this would be secret communications using an adversary's equipment.

Gorkov is the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of US government sanctions.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.

Kislyak facilitated Kushner's meeting with Gorkov, who has not been known to act in a diplomatic capacity for Putin. His aides have said his omissions from the clearance form were accidental.

Administration officials close to President Donald Trump have been pushing Kushner to step aside while the FBI investigates meetings that Kushner he had with Russian figures during the transition period following the November election, The Hill reported.

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