President Donald Trump's top counselor, Kellyanne Conway, on Tuesday dismissed the importance of recent reports that senior adviser Jared Kushner attempted to create a secret line of communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition past year.
Additionally, Republican Sen. John McCain told an Australian news station that he was not pleased to hear reports regarding Kushner.
US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster in an off-camera interview saying back-channels aren't unusual.
"I think it is", Franken said when asked.
Still, barring anything tangible, Trump's major challenge remains to prevent his White House's policy efforts from being overwhelmed by his obsession with the trio of investigations into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation, most importantly the probe by newly named special counsel Robert Mueller.
More than three dozen House Democrats want to shut off Jared Kushner's access to classified information in light of increased scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over Kushner's contacts with Russian authorities. He also called for sanctions on Russian Federation. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchHouse Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner's security clearance Five roadblocks for Trump's T infrastructure plan Hopes of bipartisanship fade amid Comey chaos MORE (D-Vt.), who signed a similar letter with him in April.
The president is also reported to be putting together a team of legal advisers to help him navigate the Russian Federation probe that is the subject of multiple investigations - one each by two chambers of U.S. congress, one by the FBI (now taken over by special counsel Robert Muller) and one by the Pentagon (specifically into Russian Federation contacts of Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn).
Jared Kushner's vaguely-defined role an unpaid senior White House adviser includes relations with China.
British Prime Minister May was very angry that the info the United Kingdom gave to USA about Manchester was leaked.
Ivanka Trump is "proud" of what her husband accomplished on the President's first foreign trip, per the official.
Beyond security concerns, a proposed back channel would have been a breach of democratic protocol, said Eliot Cohen, a former counselor to President George W. Bush's State Department.
"There's no way that it can be appropriate to say, 'I want to use a hostile government's communications system to avoid our government knowing anything about it, '" Cohen said.
In the wake of the summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled the growing distance between Europe and the U.S.
CNN reported Kushner made the communications request in December while he was still a private citizen.
The 36-year-old real estate businessman has come under pressure this week amid rumours of an imminent reshuffle of senior White House staff.
Spicer said during Tuesday's press briefing - his first in weeks - that a Post reporter's questions about what Trump knew of the back-channel discussions assumed "a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources that are so far being leaked out".