Russians Agents Reportedly Bragged About Having 'Derogatory' Information on Trump and Advisers

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 1, 2017

President Donald Trump has been aggressively working the phones since returning this weekend from his foreign trip, talking to friends and outside lawyers as he obsesses over the deepening investigations into his aides and Russian Federation.

Lawyers and public relations experts are being recruited, the Associated Press reported Sunday, as new revelations surface about Moscow's interference and possible improper dealings with the Trump campaign and associates.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, when asked by reporters on Saturday if it would be wrong for someone to create a back-channel with Russian Federation, he replied: "No". "Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

Kushner, according to the New York Times, has been talking to friends about leaving, and they say he's serious.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner discussed setting up a secure and secret communication channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Moscow tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election by hacking Democratic emails.

However, the eve of his return brought the biggest story to date: A Washington Post report about Kushner's alleged proposal to the Russians to create a secret channel out of the reach of United States spymasters.

Earlier in March as well, it was reported that Trump was extremely frustrated with his senior staff and communications team for allowing the firestorm surrounding Attorney General Jeff Sessions over Russian Federation links.

The details are complicated as to what Kushner knew and what he was trying to do.

"Back-channel communications with people are ways to communicate with people, again not in front of the press, as an example, but that information is not necessarily kept secret from the rest of the government", Kelly said on NBC's "Meet the Press".

Kushner was a trusted Trump adviser past year, overseeing the campaign's digital strategy. Richard Durbin, Ill., and Sen.

"He needs to answer for what was happening at the time", Booker said.

Some Democrats are already asking for an investigation and even calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. He's now relayed on Twitter that he thinks Russian officials are amused by the constant reporting of various stories about his administration having ties to Russia.

Last week, the Arizona lawmaker said investigations into allegations of ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation were reaching "Watergate size and scale".

On Sunday, Trump tweeted, "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention is very possibly that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers". A criminal investigation by the Justice Department is being led by a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to determine if anything illegal occurred.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, told ABC's "This Week" he fully expects Kushner to testify before the committee.

Ivanka Trump, perhaps the President's most trusted adviser, was not involved in the writing of that statement, the administration official said. After an election, the president-elect and his staff typically contact foreign governments in coordination with the current administration, Cohen said. "So it's not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government".

Trump returned from his overseas trip over the weekend.

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The channel would have been used primarily to discuss U.S.

As much as Trump complains internally about his communications staff, they can't have any credibility when they're told to defend Trump's spectacular bumbling and endless waterfall of lies.

Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and global responsibilities, underscoring his importance as Trump's chief adviser despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race.

But this approach often forces aides to make outlandish claims that simply draw attention to the weak points of Trump's trip or time in office instead of the highlights, said Mike Murphy, a longtime GOP consultant who ran the political action committee for Jeb Bush's failed presidential campaign. "And now, the question is, how is this handled?"

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