National Security Adviser: 'Not Concerned' About Kushner Back-channel Reports

National Security Adviser: 'Not Concerned' About Kushner Back-channel Reports

National Security Adviser: 'Not Concerned' About Kushner Back-channel Reports

The Senate Intelligence Committee has "asked President Trump's political organization to gather and produce all Russia-related documents, emails and phone records going back to his campaign's launch in June 2015", The Post reported.

Reportedly present at the meeting was Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, fired in February for misleading senior administration officials, including the vice president, about his contacts with Russian officials.

He urged reporters to instead ask him about foreign policy and national security issues that would have come up during the President's first foreign trip, which has been dogged by the incessant flow of new allegations surrounding the President's campaign associates' contacts with Russian officials.

Back-channeling is a practice at times used by government officials, but Kushner was not yet a government employee at the time of his contact with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December.

Pressed in a follow-up about question whether he has any concerns at all about Kushner's talking to the Russian ambassador about setting up back-channel communications, McMaster stayed silent and simply did not respond.

We learned about the meeting back in March. But they did not dismiss the idea that the administration would go outside normal US government and diplomatic channels for communications with other countries.

Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman, said: "ONLY reason Kushner would want secret communications with Kremlin is to hide information from USA intelligence".

Reports that Kushner and former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn wanted to set up a secret communication channel with Moscow are based on a report Kislyak supposedly sent to his superiors that was intercepted by United States intelligence services.

The details were shared with CNN as an explanation to The Washington Post reporting, which it said was based on intercepts of conversations between Russia's ambassador and Moscow. But he did say that his "dashboard was lit up" with concerns about Trump advisers' interactions with Russians before he left office on January 20.

The request from the committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Other revisions on the table include adding a roster of outside lawyers to help deal with the legal ramifications of the Russian Federation investigation, officials and allies said.

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a barrage of challenges including Jared Kushner's role in the ongoing Russian probe, after coming back to the White House after his first worldwide trip, during which he visited Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, the Vatican and Belgium over a period of nine days.

Reports from earlier in the week say Kushner is a person of interest in that probe. Officials from the previous administration believe that Kushner may have made the request as a response to rampant leaks from staff. "The answer to that is a big yes".

Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, stopped short of agreeing with critics who say Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

Investigators are also interested in a meeting Kushner had with the Russian banker, Sergey Gorkov, according to reports from The Post and NBC News. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry".

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