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Trump hits out at 'fake news' following Kushner reports

30 Mai 2017

More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts.

That's potentially bad news for Jared Kushner.

The wider investigation into Russian Federation s alleged election meddling is being led by Robert Mueller, a respected former FBI director who was given broad powers to pursue the case as a special counsel after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is urging a review of White House adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance following news reports that he sought to set up back-channel communications with Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, some top Republicans cast doubts on the Post's reporting, suggesting the whole episode may be a Russian ruse to throw America's political system into a tailspin.

"I don't see any big issue here, relative to Jared", Kelly said.

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing". According to the 180 financial disclosure forms of senior officials, chief economic adviser and director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn had a net worth of up to $611 million, Kellyanne Conway had assets valued at up to $44.2 million and Steve Bannon had assets worth up to $53.8 million. The newspaper cited anonymous US officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. The Post also reported that Mr. Kushner had proposed the communications channel and that it took Mr. Kislyak by surprise.

During the meeting the Russians broached the idea of using a secure line between the Trump administration and Russia, not Kushner, a source close to Kushner told Fox News.

Kushner has drawn increased scrutiny as reports have emerged about his contacts with the Russian ambassador and a Russian banking representative.

Kelly made the comments on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, after the United Kingdom expressed concern about leaked information regarding last week's deadly bombing in Manchester.

In McCain's view, Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, have grown into a greater threat to the USA than ISIS.

Mr Trump's comments came after senior administration officials had moved to play down the allegations, without addressing whether or not they were true.

"We have been gone for a long time", he said at the Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, according to CNN.

But the U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is very concerned.

"Any information flow into the government and then considered by the government, I won't criticise that", Mr Kelly said. But in a series of tweets early Sunday, he accused reporters of inventing stories and sources.

Trump has not directly addressed the allegations of the secret line to Moscow, but took to Twitter after his return to Washington to dismiss White House leaks as "fabricated lies" and "fake news".

The article noted that Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, is resented by some White House staff, who describe him as "Jared Island", in reference to the special status.

James Comey - who was sacked from his post as FBI director by Trump this month - told a congressional committee in March that the Federal Bureau of Investigation also was investigating "whether there was any coordination" with Trump's campaign.

The FBI interviewed Mr Flynn, who remains under federal investigation in Virginia over his foreign business ties, in January about his contacts with Mr Kislyak.