Trump slams 'illegal' leak alleging Sessions discussed campaign with Russian envoy


"The Russian ambassador is our adversary and the Russians have shown themselves to be masters at misinformation", Ms. Collins said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation". I have endeavored to be completely straightforward as to the recording of my SF-86 frame, well beyond what is required.

"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else", Trump told three New York Times reporters on Wednesday in an interview at the White House.

"Can u pls call me on my cell?" I had no ongoing relationship with the Ambassador before the election, and had limited knowledge about him then.

He said he had no recollection of two phone calls with Kislyak he reportedly had during April and November 2016.

Kushner also said there has been "a good deal of misinformation" in the press about his security clearance filings. When the Senate confirmed Elliot Richardson as attorney general in the midst of the Watergate scandal in 1973, it conditioned approval on Richardson's commitment to appoint, and protect, a special prosecutor.

"In the accidental early submission of the form, all foreign contacts were omitted", Kushner said.

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Facing mounting questions related to his contacts with Kislyak, Flynn was forced to resign in February, just 24 days after taking office.

"It has been reported that my submission omitted only contacts with Russians", Kushner said.

Kushner a few times puts forth the defense in the announcement that he doesn't discusse anything shameful amid those gatherings, which incorporate two experiences with the Russian diplomat in Washington, a meeting with the leader of a Russian state-possessed bank and the June 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney and others that was set up by Kushner's brother by marriage, Donald Trump Jr.

The 11-page statement from Kushner is his first public accounting of his interactions with Russians during the presidential campaign. Thus, in Trump's view, it was "very unfair to the president" - actually, "extremely unfair, and that's a mild word" - for Sessions to have recused himself from overseeing the department's probe into Russian meddling into the election and the possible role of the Trump campaign. In confirming their successors, the Senate, even this Senate, would no doubt want some assurance that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation would be allowed to continue unimpeded.

Trump Jr., his father's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner departs following his appearance before a closed session of the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election on Monday.