President Trump comes out in support of his son-in-law Jared Kushner

US President Donald Trump says he has "total confidence" in his embattled senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, following reports Kushner tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Russian Federation before Trump took office.

In a statement to the New York Times, published late Sunday night, the 45th President of the United States said his son-in-law was doing a "great job for the country" and that he had "total confidence" in his performance thus far.

Philip Mudd, a security analyst who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years, suggested Mr Trump may have proposed the channel idea to Mr Kushner or at least approved it, and said it was unlikely Mr Kushner had been working alone. Kushner, Trump added, is "respected by virtually everyone" and "is a very good person".

Now, according to the New York Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional investigators are said to be probing what was said during Mr Kushner's 30-minute meeting with Mr Gorkov, chairman of the state-owned Vnesheconombank and an associate of President Putin.

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.

"What your question assumes is a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources", Spicer said at the White House daily briefing, his first since Trump returned from his first overseas trip.


In mid-December, Kushner met with Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, who is an associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said. But he describes such efforts to communicate as "a good thing".

If not, are family ties keeping Kushner employed at the White House?

Reports in the USA say investigators believe he has relevant information, but is not necessarily suspected of a crime.

Trump, paying tribute Monday to the nation's military dead at a Memorial Day event in Arlington, Virginia, praised fallen soldiers for the "depth of their devotion, the purity of their love" and "the totality of their courage". The 36-year-old property heir holds a senior advisory role within the Trump administration, playing an increasingly important role in the development of Mr Trump's foreign policy. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who was chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee last summer, to a liberal activist asserting that Lynch had privately assured a top Clinton campaign official that the investigation would end without fanfare.


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