"There's a judgment by Jared Kushner and the president's team that says, 'I trust the Russians more than I trust the Americans".
The Washington Post reported on Friday, citing unnamed US officials briefed on intercepted Russian conversations, that Kushner had discussed establishing a secret backchannel to the Kremlin, using equipment in Russian facilities in the United States, with Russia's ambassador to the United States in December.
Schiff's comment came after The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner, also the president's son-in-law, attempted to set up back-channel communications with the Russian government during the presidential transition.
Raddatz pressed Kelly about whether it would be OK for these backchannel communications to be conducted using Russian diplomatic facilities, as, according to the Washington Post, Kushner sought.
Franken said that with the addition of FBI special counsel Robert Mueller and the ongoing investigations in the House and Senate, lawmakers are going to get to the bottom of any Russian interference in the election and the administration as a whole.
"But whether they were or not, they're still significant", Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and a chairman of the House committee probing Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election, told the New York Times.
Donald Trump's Jewish son-in-law and key adviser has been caught up in an escalating scandal over the USA president's links to Russian Federation, after it was revealed that he set up a secret "back channel" before Trump even took office.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump's National Security Advisor HR McMaster said, generally speaking, "we have back-channel communication with a number of countries".
When Raddatz compared these leaks to Trump's reportedly sharing Israeli intelligence with the Russians in an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, Kelly resisted making any comparison.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, described the allegations involving Kushner as serious and called for a thorough investigation.
He says that "whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names.it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".