A Top White Staffer Has Resigned

Gwen Vasquez
June 2, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump's communications director is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff changes to try to contain political damage from investigations into Russian Federation and his presidential campaign.

Given Dubke's anonymity, it's not terribly surprising that the reaction to his departure as White House communications director - which was announced Tuesday morning - was a universal "meh".

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., says in theory he's okay with Jared Kushner's possible communications with Russian officials and with President Trump's signals to the Middle East and Europe, but he questions the sources that are leaking information to the media. It has also been my distinct pleasure to work side-by-side, day-by-day with the staff of the communications and press departments. But a day later, during a briefing that lasted just under 12 minutes, Spicer signaled that the White House has made a decision to let President Donald Trump's private lawyers field those inquiries.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus thanked Dubke in a statement and said Dubke had "offered to remain onboard until a transition is concluded".

But Mr Spicer denied that the President was dissatisfied with his staff. Tensions were eased after then-President John F. Kennedy used back-channel communications with his counterpart, Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev.

But he declined to say whether he's been contacted by Trump or anyone else about a return engagement.

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A Republican consultant, Dubke joined the White House team in February.

Rumors of impending shake-ups have come and gone in the Trump White House before. But the push has gained momentum as more revelations emerge about Kushner's questionable activities. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

Fifty-two representatives on Thursday - up from just a handful in April - demanded the Trump son-in-law's security clearance be revoked over reports he tried to establish a secret backchannel with the Kremlin and failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials.

The scandal that is dominating headlines in Washington, D.C. centers on Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, whom The Washington Post reports attempted to set up communications with Russian officials that would circumvent USA intelligence sources. He talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about opening up a line of communication to explore options as the new administration developed a Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions. He became an intermediary between the USA and Mexico, and the US and China as well.

"I'm baffled about that kind of request", Moss said, because it would require the administration to rely on the Russians to keep the information secret and would open it up to possible surveillance by USA intelligence.

"Off the map", said the former head of the CIA, Michael Hayden, telling CNN: "I know of no other experience like this in our history, certainly within my life experience".

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