But experts say the secret talks Jared Kushner sought with Russian Federation would be different from back channels typically used by USA governments in the course of worldwide relations.
Whether the same could be true in criminal proceedings was unclear, some lawyers said, asking why he'd take a chance. "Very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians".
"Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who organized the letter, said in a statement Wednesday that "Jared Kushner can not be trusted".
"If you stay on message, you stick to the script, you focus on policy, you drive home the messages that you talked about during the campaign and that people in America are excited about, you can be a great president", Santorum pleaded.
What is in dispute is why.
Friday, The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo interviewed other unnamed sources who offered a possible explanation.
The only person a majority of Americans said was more helpful than hurtful as a mouthpiece of the Trump administration is Vice President Mike Pence, with 53 percent saying he helped more than hurt.
Yet his detractors question the pattern.
"Let's be clear he was talking about you, Doug", she says.
Duffy pointed out that Kushner should have disclosed his contacts Russian officials, but that the fact that he decided against it does not indicate any nefarious purposes.
She said that when she was at the Central Intelligence Agency, if someone in the USA government did this, she can't imagine they would maintain their security clearance or government job - plus, she assumes, there would be an in-depth investigation.
"Our job, we are focused on the president's agenda", Spicer said in a 12-minute, off-camera press gaggle, adding that "going forward", Kasowitz will answer any press questions about the Russian Federation investigation.
White House press members asked the question that has been plaguing the internet all Wednesday: What does "covfefe" mean?
Speculation grew last week when a list of ambassadors was compiled at Mr Priebus' request and the Athens position was left blank, officials said.
The form itself appears to leave some room for interpretation.
Separately, federal prosecutors pursuing a criminal investigation into Flynn have issued subpoenas to people and businesses who have done business with him seeking information, including bank records and communications, related to Flynn, the Flynn Intel Group and Invovo BV, a Dutch company owned by Turkish businessman Ekim Alptekin, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.
In a post on his Twitter account Wednesday morning, Trump said, "My children, especially my 11-year-old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this".
"Contacts between a transition team and foreign diplomats is indeed entirely normal".
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