Published: Sat, June 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

'A Good Thing': WH, GOPers Defend Kushner On Russia Backchannel Reports

'A Good Thing': WH, GOPers Defend Kushner On Russia Backchannel Reports

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said that if reports are true that White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has been setting up back channels to the Kremlin, that's a good thing - not subject to criticism.

In interviews with the Post, they said Kushner's reported plan, made when he was still a civilian, could have left him exposed to exploitation by Russian officials.

Trump added in the statement that Kushner was "respected by virtually everyone", and was busy working to help save the country "billions of dollars". "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump told the New York Times.

Investigations into Russian interference in the American presidential election aren't only getting close to Donald Trump, they've begun to stir up concerns about the chain of command.

Raddatz also asked Kelly about USA agencies' apparent leaks to the press of crime-scene photos and other information about the British investigation of the Manchester attack.

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Trump's private legal team, led by his NY lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, was preparing to meet in Washington to face new questions about contacts between Kushner and representatives of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation.

The President, who significantly curtailed his presence on Twitter during his first global tour - which took him to Saudi Arabia, Israel, The Vatican, Brussels and Sicily - could certainly be irritated at the revelations regarding Kushner published by The Washington Post last Friday in an article citing "US.officials briefed on intelligence reports". #FakeNews is the enemy!'

The Washington Post reported on Friday that Kushner participated in that conversation.

Nevertheless, some critics have called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, while others say he should temporarily step aside while his ties to Moscow are being reviewed.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster said in a press conference Saturday that the U.S. has backchannels with several countries, suggesting that the matter shouldn't be cause for concern.

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Comey laid bare months of White House distrust in his highly anticipated testimony before Congress on Thursday. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".

"Do you think back-channeling is normal and acceptable?" But Conway downplayed the reports of Kushner's proposals to Russian officials as falling within the realm of ordinary White House work.

The White House is preparing to establish a "war room" to combat mounting questions about ties between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign, a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, told ABC's "This Week" he fully expects Kushner to testify before the committee.

The second meeting between Flynn and Kislyak took place in December, but it wasn't the only time that Kushner met with a powerful Russian during the transition. "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'.

"I don't know why people do it", Kelly said of the leaks.

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The memo was leaked by a friend of his, Comey testified Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In the congressional hearing, Comey did not disclose any links between Trump advisers and alleged Russian meddling.

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