Who's who in the Russia investigation?

Frederick Owens
June 1, 2017

Trump has not directly addressed the allegations of the secret line to Moscow, but took to Twitter after his return to Washington to dismiss White House leaks as "fabricated lies" and "fake news".

Sunday: The New York Times reported that Kushner was among the voices in the White House that strongly urged President Trump to fire James Comey.

Trump and White House aides face months of investigations into alleged ties to Russian officials during the presidential campaign and afterwards.

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday attributed President Trump's successful foreign trip to his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's foreign relationships. "#FakeNews is the enemy!", Trump tweets.

Schiff said the government needed to "get to the bottom" of the matter and urged a review of Kushner's security clearance "to find out whether he was truthful". More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added, along with crisis communication experts, to help the White House in the weeks ahead.

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Moscow has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favor.

The new report follows allegations last week that Mr Kushner and the Russian ambassador to America, Sergey Kislyak, discussed setting up a secure, private line of communication with Moscow using Russian facilities that bypassed the United States government. The reports say Trump has hired a NY lawyer to advise him in handling the various investigations. Administration officials have also pointed to a line in the Post's report that "Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among USA analysts".

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organizations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing", he said. He has not played a diplomatic role for Putin, which prompted questions about why he was meeting with Kushner during the transition, according to the Times, which cited current and former officials in its report.

"That being said, I think Secretary Kelly and General McMaster have both discussed that in general terms, back channels are an appropriate part of diplomacy". The official said Kushner was eager to share what he knows with Congress and other investigators. "And he made it very clear that he would see through to the president's global trip". "They are not our friends".

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