Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Back-channel communications are nothing new for White House

Steve Phelps | 03 June, 2017, 02:35

President Trump's top aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was alleged, in an article in The Washington Post, to be trying to establish a "back channel" of secret communications with the Russian government. Trump himself has also reportedly offered up his personal cell phone number to world leaders.

Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchHouse Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner's security clearance Five roadblocks for Trump's T infrastructure plan Hopes of bipartisanship fade amid Comey chaos MORE (D-Vt.), who signed a similar letter with him in April.

David Sanger, National security correspondent, The New York Times; author, "Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power".

"Our job, we are focused on the president's agenda, and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz", said Spicer at an off-camera briefing with reporters.

"He was fully involved with the process of the announcement", said a senior White House official.

President Trump sparked wild speculation and an internet frenzy when he shortly after midnight Wednesday local time, saying: "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement last week. "I have total confidence in him". The "Russia matter" is not insignificant but it must not dominate the Trump presidency.

A separate set of reports surfaced around that same time claiming Kushner also discussed setting up a line of secret communication between Russian Federation and the Trump transition team.

That request, if granted, would be an extraordinary step in the ongoing congressional investigation of the Trump campaign's communications with Russian Federation - and the FBI's inquiry of Kushner's talks with the Kremlin, which have gained greater significance in recent weeks.

The Trump administration has been enveloped in controversy over Russian Federation in recent weeks.

Kushner has also served as the point person for officials from Canada, Mexico, Germany and China, though he has tried to direct daily contacts to the State Department and National Security Council. The White House has declined to confirm or deny that Kushner met with Kislyak in December.

Critics say that before Trump was inaugurated, Kushner made efforts to open a "back-channel" communications link with Russian officials.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner went to synagogue Thursday morning for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, according to the White House. "Certainly people in the White House have more to fear than he does if there's a shakeup".

The Democratic lawmakers' letter asked if Kushner Companies had engaged in any lobbying related to EB-5 program reforms or discussed the program with Kushner since Trump took office in January. "Everything at the White House runs on White House time".


Ronaldo back to break new ground at Champions League final Ronaldo back to break new ground at Champions League final The closest he came was in 2003 when he helped Real Madrid to the semi-finals, before losing to Juventus . They have won 16 out of last 19 games - drew and lost against Atletico Madrid and lost to Barcelona.

Merkel says Europe must step up as diplomatic player Modi also made a call for European Union (EU) unity and said India would play a positive role in enhancing that through Germany. Merkel last week said that reliable ties forged since the end of World War II "are to some extent over".

Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss Prosecutors to drop charges in Stanley Cup dead catfish toss Scott Wilson and Evgeni Malkin also scored for Pittsburgh , which won for the ninth time in these playoffs when being outshot. Rinne kicked a Bryan Rust rebound to the slot where Guentzel scored his 12th of the playoffs and his second of the game.

Penguins take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead Penguins take 2-0 Stanley Cup lead He has allowed eight goals on 34 shots in two games; the Predators had 38 shots on goal in Game 2 alone. Pittsburgh still had as many shots (12) in one period of Game 2 as they managed in all of Game 1 .