Trump attacks news reports on son-in-law, Russia


He added: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention is very possible that those sources don't exist".

President Donald Trump, returning home from his first visit overseas, took aim at brewing domestic political pressures by denouncing leaks of sensitive information-and rumors of an administration shake-up as "fake news".

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP confirmed.

The latest reports says Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

Trump, according to one person familiar with his thinking, believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries. The request from the committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and demanded anonymity.

As he mulls changes, Trump has entertained bringing his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, formally back into the fold.

Lewandowski's return would be a particularly notable development, given the fact that he was sacked by Trump after clashing with staff and Trump's adult children. Nonetheless, Lewandowski, who led the small team that steered Trump's primary victory, has the trust of the president - an advantage that many of Trump's aides lack.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly came to the defense of Jared Kushner, saying it would be "both normal... and acceptable" to seek back-channel communications with Russia, but that if those communications used Russian equipment, that "would be considered to be ... somewhat compromised".

The FBI is looking at meetings that Kushner fielded with Kislyak and Russian banking executive Sergey Gorkov in December as part of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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Heightening concerns for the White House, Comey is expected to testify before Congress after Memorial Day about memos he kept on conversations with the president that pertained to the investigation.

The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, said this person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he isn't yet ready to seek a revocation of Kushner's clearance.

Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a back channel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.

Clapper noted that it's not up to him to decide what kind of action should be taken as a response to Russia's attempts to interfere with the USA election, but he said, "certainly sanctions are a compelling, powerful weapon-Russians don't like them".

Other major issues await decisions by Trump. He has signaled he will make a decision on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

Clapper served as former President Obama's director of national intelligence for six and a half years, until January 20th of this year, the day President Trump took office, after an extensive career leading USA intelligence agencies under presidents of both parties. And the search continues for an Federal Bureau of Investigation director to replace Comey. Trump interviewed potential candidates and said he was "very close" to deciding on a replacement before he left for the Middle East.

Still, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper questioned any communication that may have occurred with Russian Federation - a primary USA adversary - before Trump assumed office on January 20.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017 British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to US about Manchester was leaked. 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.