NYTimes: Kushner Attempted to Set Up Direct Line to Putin

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According to the Washington Post, Kushner made the suggestion to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, shortly after Donald Trump won the US presidential election.

All the negative attention surrounding Kushner is starting to make the President's senior advisor seem "vulnerable", according to CBS News, especially as Trump is looking to change communications strategy to deal with the Russian Federation investigation.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he said in another tweet to his more than 30.8 followers.

Asked about Spicer's job security, a White House official said staffers have been told he "isn't going anywhere".

"He seems to me to be a very open person and again, I'd let him speak for himself when the time is right on all these issues and at that time we can actually render judgement on the reality of what did or didn't take place". He is respected by everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars.

Another person whose name has been raised as a possible addition to the president's team is David Urban, a prominent Republican lobbyist, who also spent time advising Trump's campaign and has remained a trusted adviser.

Further, as the White House continues to ponder changes to its communications strategy, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and deputy campaign manager Dave Bossie met with Mr. Trump and senior White House staff on Monday.

Ivanka Trump will not be involved in the White House's internal, war room-like operation aimed at developing a rapid-response and communications strategy in an attempt to keep up with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation, per the administration official. There's no reason for readers to accept the story at face value, but it's worth interrogating - as Fox does not - who might want to be pushing this version of the Kushner meeting into the news cycle.

Before departing Italy for the U.S., White House officials refused to address the reports about Kushner.

"My dashboard warning light was clearly on", Clapper said.

"Russian officials must be laughing at the US & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News", Trump tweeted.

"I don't like it", the Republican lawmaker said Monday in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "7:30" when asked about President Donald Trump's son-in-law's possible ties to Russian Federation. #FakeNews is the enemy!

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"I don't think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a President of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position", said U.S. Sen.

White House officials defended the concept of secret communications channels without commenting specifically on the Kushner case.

US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in an off-camera interview saying back-channels aren't unusual.

Kelly, the homeland security secretary, carried the same message on Sunday.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly responded. "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Lindsey Graham cast a doubt on reports targeting the White House senior adviser.

Some Democrats are already asking for an investigation and even calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. "Hopefully, when we get back from recess the Senate will enact sanctions on Russian Federation".

Spicer was asked on Tuesday whether Trump knew about reported efforts by Kushner in December to set up a back channel for communications with Russian Federation.

The latest reports have taken aim at Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.

The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the worldwide spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage-marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations-of an ever-widening probe into Russian meddling in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.

"Off the map", said the former head of the CIA, Michael Hayden, telling CNN: "I know of no other experience like this in our history, certainly within my life experience".

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

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