Donald Trump attacks media for 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

Donald Trump attacks media for 'fake news' following Jared Kushner reports

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

While taxes have taken a back seat in recent weeks, Trump tweeted Sunday: "The massive TAX CUTS/REFORM that I have submitted is moving along in the process very well, actually ahead of schedule".

As he mulls outside reinforcements to his operation, Trump returned late Saturday from his nine-day journey to a White House seemingly in crisis mode, with a barrage of reports hitting close to the Oval Office and involving Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and influential adviser.

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that Kushner had proposed secret back-channel communications with Russian Federation.

"I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Schiff said. He added: "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 exist".

Michael Flynn, who was Trump's national security adviser for just 24 days before being fired amid questions about meetings he held with the Russian ambassador, was also present, the newspaper reported.

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"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said.

The Democratic National Committee has called for Kushner's security clearance to be suspended until the federal investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible ties to Trump associates is completed.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was skeptical of the back-channel story because he did not trust Russian officials.

Meanwhile, Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from Kushner over the allegations he suggested back-channel Russian Federation contacts, saying his security clearance may need to be revoked. The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

According to the person familiar with the Kushner meeting, the Trump team eventually felt there was no need for a back channel once Rex Tillerson was confirmed as secretary of state on February 1. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians.

Returning late Saturday from his first foreign trip as president, Trump geared up to combat concerns over advisers' ties to Russian Federation, including explosive reports about Jared Kushner, his indispensable aide-de-camp. He has told friends that he and his wife, Ivanka, have made no long-term commitment to remain by Trump's side, saying they would review every six months whether to return to private life in NY.

Meanwhile, White House counsel Donald McGahn is considering expanding his office, and an outside legal team led by Mr Trump's NY lawyer Marc Kasowitz is preparing to meet the President and guide him, including on whether he should continue to tweet about the Russian Federation probe.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

While overseas, Trump's longtime lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, joined a still-forming legal team to help the president shoulder the intensifying investigations into alleged Russian interference in the election and his associates' potential involvement.

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