Steve Chapman: Jared Kushner's Russian escapade


President Trump's top aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was alleged, in an article in The Washington Post, to be trying to establish a "back channel" of secret communications with the Russian government.

More than fifty US House Democrats sent a letter to the White House urging President Donald Trump to immediately revoke his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's security clearance for failing to disclose his contacts with Russian Federation. And so the Russians aren't gaining anything at all, in fact, from this Trump presidency being in place. "Jared is doing a great job for the country", Trump said in a statement to The New York Times Sunday evening about one of his closest advisers.

Before that, Trump reportedly revealed classified information to the Russian ambassador and foreign minister during a closed-door meeting.

"I would just say that Kushner's attorney has said that Kushner has volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings, and he will do the same if he's contacted and connected with any other inquiry", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters.

Tuesday's resignation by Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, in the midst of a rumored staff shake-up suggest the White House may see the current imbroglio as more of a messaging problem then a national security question. He's a focus, but not a target, of a wide-reaching Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Russian meddling in the election and connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

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"It's very peculiar that of all the people he could be talking to in a transition period where you've got lots of balls in the air, that you end up talking to a Russian banker who is under sanction and who is related to Putin and has a KGB background", said Rep.

Spicer was questioned on May 30 as to where if Trump had previous knowledge concerning multiple efforts by Kushner during December 2016 to establish a back channel for the exclusive goal of communicating with Moscow.

Despite their often harsh content, I've come to discover an endearing political innocence in Mr. Trump's tweets.

Morell also quibbled with the use of the term "back channel" to describe the communications line allegedly sought by Kushner. Really? Much of the value of back-channel communications lies in secrecy.

The letter, which was released publicly, also asked Kushner Companies what steps it has taken to ensure its affiliates do not exploit Jared Kushner's White House role when wooing investors in the future. "The communications director's basically the person that tries to set the message for the administration", Hagle said.