At best, Kushner was being remarkably naive - if you believe that a Harvard-educated lawyer wouldn't know how out of bounds the request was.
That line from Spicer was in reference to the Tweet heard 'round the world - the now-deleted dispatch from late Tuesday night in which President Donald Trump wrote, "Despite the constant negative press covfefe".
The former U.S. first lady and NY senator then suggested that President Trump and his allies were using Twitter and other social media to sidetrack Americans' attention from the investigations into the influence of Russian Federation during the election campaign or the Republican health care bill.
Raddatz also asked Kelly about USA agencies' apparent leaks to the press of crime-scene photos and other information about the British investigation of the Manchester attack.
Some critics have called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked, others say he should temporarily step aside while his ties to Moscow are being reviewed. That should be the least of it. "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he said in another tweet to his more ta 30.8 followers.
Kelly said that using Russian equipment would mean that such communications were "kind of somewhat compromised".
"That is indicative of espionage activity of an American citizen that is working in league with a hostile government". Shortly after the election, Kushner allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel with the Russian government to facilitate sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria.
If there's nothing nefarious going on, why did they to go such lengths to keep these contacts secret?
While Trump had defended Kushner, who has been his most trusted adviser, he is also reported to have expressed dissatisfaction with him and his family, especially over Kushner's sister seeking investors at a roadshow in Beijing for a New Jersey housing project using the family name.
During the briefing, Spicer is asked that since that former FBI director James Comey is prepared to testify that President Trump pressured him to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, "Did the president engage in obstruction of justice in repeated meetings with James Comey?".
The Trump administration has downplayed concerns about Kushner's talks with the Russians. When they resist, it only deepens suspicions they're trying to hide something real and damaging.