Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner taking 'heads down' approach

31 May 2017, 05:08 | Isaac Mcdaniel

That's the confused state of things in Donald Trump's White House, where a relatively successful first foreign trip segues seamlessly into a chaotic situation back in the West Wing.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2017 It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.

Kushner's Lawyer Jamie Gorelick said that the White House senior adviser would be willing to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts with Russian officials and his role in Trump's election campaign.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.

It is possible, of course, that Kushner was acting on Trump's orders when he allegedly suggested setting up a secret communications channel with Moscow using Russia's secure equipment.

Kushner reportedly flew home Thursday from Rome with his wife, Ivanka Trump, and arrived in his West Wing office on Friday to meet with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to discuss the presidential trip.

Former National Security adviser Michael Flynn was present at the meeting.

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Trump, according to one person familiar with his thinking, believed he was facing more of a communications problem than a legal one, despite the intensifying inquiries. Nonetheless, Lewandowski has the trust of the president - an advantage that many of Trump's aides lack.

One question involves the clearance form Kushner signed when he entered the White House.

Congressional Democrats have demanded to hear directly from Kushner about the allegations against him, CBS reported. The president's son-in-law and future staffer reportedly suggested to Russia's ambassador, shortly after the election, that they establish a secure channel to communicate off of US radar.

With someone so close to Trump in the crosshairs, special counsel Robert Mueller has every reason to examine any relationships between the Trump campaign and Russian officials or oligarchs in minute detail - and also to look closely at any Russia connections the Trump and Kushner family business empires might have.

Mr Trump had earlier taken to Twitter to vent his frustrations with the "fake news media". But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them "fabricated lies".

Investigators are reportedly looking into whether one reason Trump officials wanted a direct line to the Kremlin was to discuss the possibility of lifting sanctions against Russian Federation over the conflict in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

This latest revelation comes two weeks after Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, who was responsible for overseeing the investigation.



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