McCain: Kushner story 'more and more bizarre'

Alvin Kelly
June 1, 2017

Mike Dubke has resigned as White House communications director, a senior administration official confirmed Tuesday, in the first of what could be a series of changes to President Trump's senior staff amid the growing Russian Federation scandal.

But some former administration officials on Sunday criticized the use of such secret channels, especially during a presidential transition, saying they could send a confusing message and be manipulated by a foreign power.

That's why Democrats argue Kushner should at least be stripped of his security clearance.

The FBI is investigating whether any members of Trump's campaign colluded with Russian officials to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

McCain said the Russians "tried, and are still trying" to affect the outcome of elections - most recently with their interference in the French election.

Press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about the story at the start of the White House press briefing and said detailed questions about the reports - which cited anonymous sources - assume the allegations are true.

"I don't know why people do it", Kelly said of the leaks.

Mr Spicer said however that the United States president respects Ms Merkel and that the pair "continue to grow the bonds" forged during the in-person meetings.

Spicer took the podium on Monday praising Trump's "incredible, historic trip" overseas and hammering "fake news" from news reporters. It's been reported he met with Russia's ambassador to the USA, Sergey Kislyak, at the time, and failed to disclose earlier phone calls with Russian officials.

The AP and other news organizations reported that Kushner in December proposed a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

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The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.

They're asking whether Trump's guests tried to bug the Oval Office, and what was done to ensure Russian Federation didn't distribute the information elsewhere.

Lewandowski said Wednesday on "Fox & Friends" that he'd be willing to join the White House staff if "the right role is there".

"If you're devising a secret comms plan with the Russians - to avoid your own government hearing your intentions - your loyalty is not to the U.S".

"The administration will not get any credit should Jared resign", said former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg, arguing that "they're just going to go after somebody else".

Several Democrats, including Sen. Cory Booker, N.J., said the reported Kushner meeting needs additional probing.

During his first run for the White House, then-candidate Obama said he'd meet with foreign leaders of countries who are enemies to America without preconditions.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

No decisions have been made about bringing the two on board but both are being considered as key participants in a war room operation to deal with all stories and revelations tied to the congressional and FBI investigations.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote. "Special counsels never end well".

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