Investigating Trump: The suspicions and the suspects

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador who reportedly spoke with Kushner would report that conversation to Moscow, knowing the USA would be monitoring the communications. That communication then goes into the White House as a data point in terms of discussion.

The Post reported that Kislyak was taken aback by the suggestion of allowing an American to use Russian communications gear at its embassy or consulate - a proposal that would have carried security risks for Moscow as well for as the Trump team.

Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February. "There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, where he was candid" about his Russian Federation contacts.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported that the FBI is investigating meetings that President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, had in December with Russian officials.

Kushner attorney Jamie Gorelick released a statement saying: "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

Why it matters: Whether awkwardly shaking hands with Macron or pushing Montenegro's leader out of the way so he could be front and center in a photograph, Trump didn't play nicely with his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners.

The FBI responded to Chaffetz in a letter Thursday citing Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel in the bureau's investigation of Russian Federation as justification to delay fulfilling the committee's request.

Investigating Trump: The suspicions and the suspects
Investigating Trump: The suspicions and the suspects

Veteran national security officials and observers have publicly disagreed with that assessment, particularly keying in on the timing of the proposal prior to Trump's taking office.

It also comes as reports circulate nearly daily that Trump is about to start a major shake-up of White House staff after little more than four months in office. There were other factors behind Comey's decision, sources say. "Numerous most significant examples of USA espionage all occurred through foreign embassies", former NSA attorney Susan Hennessey told The Atlantic.

Trump also must grapple with decisions on an worldwide climate change agreement and choosing an Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"I think anyone within the Trump orbit is at risk of being used", he said.

Kushner, a political neophyte and real estate mogul married to the president's daughter Ivanka Trump, is a top adviser tasked with an unprecedented bevy of responsibilities. Joe Lieberman, withdrew from consideration, and the White House has been mum on other possibilities.

The president will need to defend his budget plan, which has drawn criticism for deep cuts to safety net programs. The Pentagon says it has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, about one-quarter of whom are special operations forces targeting extremist groups such as an Islamic State affiliate.

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