Trump on Kushner: 'I have total confidence in him'

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he was not troubled by Jared Kushner's reported attempts to establish a back-channel with Russian Federation.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said.

Kushner's reasoning for setting up the private channel outside of official diplomatic channels was to primarily discuss how the USA and Russian Federation could cooperate on ending the civil war in Syria and other policy issues, sources told The New York Times, but the FBI and congressional investigation is looking into whether other items were to be discussed. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programmes that will save our country billions of dollars.

"And you hear people now, very close to the president, openly saying that it is too much, that he now finds himself at the centre of this investigation, even if he is ultimately completely cleared, he is at the centre of this investigation right now".

Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators a year ago as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters.

The most significant new revelation is that Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law, is now a focus of investigation.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade prompted Conway to explain whether it was the Russians or Kushner who proposed the secret communications, despite reporting the contrary.

In March, Gorkov said in a statement that his December meeting with Kushner was part of the bank's strategy to discuss promising trends and sectors with influential financial institutions in Europe, Asia, and the United States.


He said the other potential problem would be if Kushner did not disclose meetings with Russian officials during the FBI's background check. In fact, "back channels like this are the regular course of business", she said citing senior military advisors.

US intelligence intercepted dispatches from Ambassador Sergey Kislyak telling his superiors about the talks.

I grew up up during the Cold War, with all of its worries about Russian Federation infiltrating our government and trying to take us over.

"They need to quarantine this stuff and put the investigations in a separate communications operation", said Jack Quinn, who served as White House counsel for President Bill Clinton.

"It don't see the big deal" Kelly said on "Fox News Sunday".

Schiff said the government needed to "get to the bottom" of the matter and urged a review of Kushner's security clearance "to find out whether he was truthful". Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions.

- In an interview on CNN Tuesday, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he believed Russian Federation aggressively interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC.

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