'Internal fight' within Washington damaged US-Russia ties: Russian envoy


And while he has a long list of questions about whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation during the presidential campaign, he said the media runs the risk of jumping to conclusions based on incomplete news reports. Much has been discussed about the Russian angle and the country's relationship with Trump's transition team. "You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?" he said on ABC.Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators a year ago as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn's connections with Russian officials, the two sources told Reuters. Now the intrigue and possible collusion with the Russians has reached even deeper inside the Trump administration to his son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Kushner enjoys a level of trust with his father-in-law that eludes most top White House aides, one person close to Trump said.

Given Dubke's anonymity, it's not terribly surprising that the reaction to his departure as White House communications director - which was announced Tuesday morning - was a universal "meh".

Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, has said that ties between the two countries were held hostage to political infighting in Washington, however, adding there was hope for improvement. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", said Jamie Gorelick, his attorney.

Kushner failed to disclose meetings during the transition period with Russian officials and the head of a state-linked bank under USA sanctions on forms used to obtain the clearance. That's in spite of some media reports that took Dubke's resignation as a bellwether for staffing shakeups to come.

Days later, Trump told the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador, "I just fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ..."

According to The New York Times, Kushner had more than one meeting with the ambassador during and after the last presidential campaign.

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"He discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence", Don Beyer (D-Virginia) said in a statement, according to Politico.

Mike Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, says he has little confidence in the chain of sources cited in news reports alleging that top White House adviser Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret back channel with the Russian government during a meeting in December.

Trump and Kushner schedule one-on-one talks every day in addition to impromptu meetings, a Trump adviser said.

"There would be no reason for Kushner, in December", he added, "weeks after the election to need to set up a back channel to Russian Federation, had there been one during the campaign".

When Spicer was asked to comment on the ongoing Russian Federation probe, he said this: "I can not, and as I've mentioned the other day that we're focused on the President's agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz".

First and foremost, President Donald Trump changes his views frequently, and sometimes dramatically, said Hagle.