Kushner's security clearance should be reviewed, top committee Democrat says

Posted May 31, 2017

Though some have endeavored to pass this off as no big deal, when considered as part of the larger pattern, it's another piece of the growing Trump-Russia puzzle.

"Just because you have a back channel, if indeed that's what Jared was after, doesn't mean that he then keeps everything secret", Kelly said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Kelly's comments, the closest anyone from the Trump administration has come to confirming reports that Kushner sought secret talks with the Russians before Inauguration Day, came the morning after the president returned to the US from his first overseas trip.

For Schiff, a Democrat frequently opposing the White House on the House Intelligence Committee, McMaster is credible person being "used" by the Trump administration. Kushner isn't some unnamed operative who had worked a bit for the campaign; he is in some ways closer to the president than almost anyone else in the White House.

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The House Intelligence Committee also is investigating Russian interference in the election, and Schiff repeatedly declined to confirm whether the committee had been aware of the allegations against Kushner before The Post's report came out. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that former FBI Director James Comey would have been "incredibly incompetent" if he took actions based on email he knew to be fake.

"I was disappointed to see the general say that", Schiff said. "Jared Kushner lied on his form".

"I might", said Kelly, acknowledging that terrorists are "obsessed with knocking down a USA flight".

"I want to get to the bottom of it", Graham said.

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Mr Kushner, through his lawyer, has offered to cooperate with such investigations but has otherwise maintained a low profile since returning from the President's trip several days early.

Remember back when the pro-Trump forces were in such a almost constant frenzy over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she'd been secretary of state? "Talking with him directly and getting him to answer any and all questions as he said he would do, would probably be the prudent course of action". It pushes back on a Washington Post story last week that said Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, in December sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Following another week of negative stories about the widening investigation into top Trump advisers' communications with Russian Federation, the president accused the media broadly of creating fake sources within the White House, a charge made without specificity or evidence.

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