McCain disturbed by reports of Kushner-Russia backchannel

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got into a heated debate with reporters on Tuesday when they confronted him with President Donald Trump's accusations about them producing "fake news".

"Jared is doing a great job for the country", he said.

"I don't think it is standard procedure prior to the inauguration of a President of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position", said U.S. Sen.

In an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, Conway said Dubke "made very clear that he would see through the president's worldwide trip, and come to work every day and work hard even through that trip because there was much to do here back at the White House".

The White House says Kushner "was acting in his capacity as a transition official", and that he has agreed to discuss the meetings with congressional investigators.

The Post reported that the direct line would have been conducted through Russian diplomatic facilities to avoid being monitored in USA communication systems.

According to the WaPo report, Kushner had suggested the use of Russian diplomatic facilities as a way to evade US monitoring during pre-inauguration discussions with Kislyak.

These words come days after reports that Kushner allegedly tried to set up a secret communications channel with the Russians. I mean, that communication goes into the White House as a data point in terms of discussion.

Kushner is reportedly eager to discuss with Congress and anyone else who is interested what took place during the meeting.

All this comes as Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is under Federal Bureau of Investigation scrutiny.

After he returned from Europe, the president also disparaged White House leaks and "fake news" from the media in a series of tweets, apparently in response to a number of damaging news stories last week, including the Kushner report.

The Post based its story on intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by USA officials and leaked to the press.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said. The banker, Sergey Gorkov, is the head of VEB Bank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of US government sanctions.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies", Trump tweeted.

Politico on Wednesday reported that the letter's signers include House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithAdam SmithHouse Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner's security clearance Top Dem: Trump troop increase claims "a ruse" Pentagon: ICBM missile intercept test a success MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), as well as Reps. Trump was following a total of 45 people on Twitter as of Tuesday.

"Do you think back-channeling is normal and acceptable?" According to CNN, Kushner was working with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in hopes of sharing military operations in Syria with the Russians.

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