House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance

House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance

House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance

The Times" report says Kushner assured Trump that the firing would "be a political "win' that would neutralize protesting Democrats because they had called for Mr. Comey's ouster".

"I will tell you that my dashboard warning light was clearly on, and I think that was the case with all of us in the intelligence community - very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians", Clapper said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

The White House declined to comment on the report, but President Trump tweeted Sunday morning that reports about his administration with attribution to anonymous sources are "fake news".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner in Bethlehem, Israel, on May 23.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is urging a review of White House adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance following news reports that he sought to set up back-channel communications with Russian Federation.

So what did Trump do upon returning to his embattled White House?

Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post, which said he proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor.

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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly suggested Sunday such a back channel could be positive. The newspaper cited anonymous US officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. It pushes back on a Washington Post story last week that said Kushner, who is also Trump's son-in-law, in December sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. But he said that as long as the information was shared with the USA government, it didn't represent a problem.

Speaking generally, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said "we have back channel communications with a number of countries".

"There's another question about his security clearance and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts on that", Schiff said on ABC News's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".

Eight minutes later, Trump informed the world that his first trip overseas as commander in chief had been "a great success".

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser a year ago, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy.

If the Trump White House thinks it's normal, one has got to wonder what other pieces of the mysterious puzzle are still to be revealed.

Kushner's lawyer has said his client is willing to talk to federal and congressional investigators about the matter.

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