Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russian Federation, describing it as a "good thing" as the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin.
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". "Kushner's security clearance should be suspended until the FBI's findings are complete". Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee last summer, to a liberal activist asserting that Lynch had privately assured a top Clinton campaign official that the investigation would end without fanfare.
The FBI declined to comment, while the Russian embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts.
According to financial disclosure forms released by the White House, Kushner and wife Ivanka were worth a combined $740 million at the time they held senior roles in the administration.
Mr Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators previous year as they began scrutinising former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, two sources told Reuters.
Instead of hunkering down, Trump and his administration ought to be cooperating fully and explaining these "coincidences" to the American people.
The Post report stated that US officials reviewed intercepted communications from December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower and that those communications included an offer from Kushner to Kislyak to set up a secret communications channel between the transition team and the Kremlin.More news: Amazon joins the $1000 stock club
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After the November 8 election, Kushner and Flynn also discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies, two of the sources said. The link was not established, The Post reported.
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Spicer also said the president is meeting Tuesday afternoon with two more candidates to replace James Comey for Federal Bureau of Investigation director: John Pistole, a former TSA administrator who previously served as Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director, and Chris Wray, a former Justice Department official who served during the George W. Bush administration. Reuters previously reported only Flynn's involvement in those discussions. "Gave me full details!"
Kushner is Trump's Orthodox Jewish son-in-law. The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.
Schiff said he expects Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, will soon be asked to testify before his House committee.
Last week, the Arizona lawmaker said investigations into allegations of ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation were reaching "Watergate size and scale". The conversation took place on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower. The bank is under USA sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case in which one of its NY executives pleaded guilty to spying and was jailed.
Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee. The White House officials say that President Trump has an open mind about this, that he was listening to other leaders when he was in Italy and Brussels.
There may not have been anything improper about the contacts, the current law enforcement official stressed.
Possibly those who revealed last week that his son-in-law has become a focus in the FBI's investigation of possible collusion with Russian Federation and financial crimes by Trump's inner circle.
In any case, the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election - and possible collusion by Trump's campaign - is now at the door of the Oval Office and inside the Trump family.