Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

As President Donald Trump returned to Washington from his nine-day foreign trip, the political warfare between his administration and sections of the intelligence establishment allied with the Democratic Party erupted once again, with the focus shifting to Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner.

Donald Trump has come out in support of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, following reports the aide tried to set up a secret communication line with Moscow.

Shortly after Mr Trump's remarks on Twitter, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly made the rounds of Sunday television news shows to praise any so-called back channel communications, especially with Russian Federation, as "a good thing".

Congressional Democrats are demanding to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel.

"Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names...it is very possible that those sources don't exsist but are made up by fake news writers".

He says it's "obviously very concerning" if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications with Russian Federation.

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.


The pair has, according to early reports, given themselves six months to succeed in Washington at their new careers, or return to New York City, where Ivanka would go back to her signature clothing and accessories corporation, and Kushner would go back to real estate investment and development. #FakeNews is the enemy!

The job of White House communications director is, oddly, largely a behind-the-scenes post, one that involves planning the president's messaging through press outreach, social media, travel and other means.

You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?
Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview with ABC News. "So generally speaking about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner". She held a roundtable discussion on the topic shortly before departing for the trip, met with human trafficking victims in Rome, and held another meeting on the topic at the White House on Friday. At a December meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Kushner reportedly suggested using secure equipment at the Russian embassy or one of the Russian consulates to open a secret communications channel with the government of strongman Vladimir Putin. Schiff said that if he had confirmation of the allegations, Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period", Gorelick said in an email. The Senate and House Intelligence committees are also leading their own investigations, but not with an eye to bringing criminal charges.

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?

Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN he doubted the Kushner reports were accurate.


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