John Kelly: Kushner's reported 'back channel' attempt is 'no big issue'

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DHS Secretary John Kelly Defends Jared Kushner: 'I Don't See Any Issue Here'

That could include Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, and Sam Nunberg.

So what did Trump do upon returning to his embattled White House? Kushner, 36, is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka and serves as a senior adviser to the president. "They're in full-scale war, and they're thinly staffed". The report ― the latest in a series of leaks to top newspapers suggesting collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials ― became a major topic of discussion on Sunday morning talk shows.

KELLY: I would just tell you, Chris, that I think any channel of communications, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing. John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security, said he thought Mr Kushner's request to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak was both "normal" and "appropriate".

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"And, of course, if these reports are accurate, right after that campaign, after that intervention, to have the president's son-in-law, a key player within the Trump organization trying to establish a back channel with the Russians through a Russian diplomatic facility, you have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversations from?" The newspaper cited anonymous US officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador who reportedly spoke with Kushner would report that conversation to Moscow, knowing the USA would be monitoring the communications. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Trump's Sunday mini tweet storm represented a return to form for a president who largely refrained from tweeting anything provocative or controversial during his trip overseas last week.

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Speaking generally, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said "we have back channel communications with a number of countries".

'There is another question about his security clearance and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts on that, ' Schiff said.

Remember back when the pro-Trump forces were in such a almost constant frenzy over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she'd been secretary of state?

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If the Trump White House thinks it's normal, one has got to wonder what other pieces of the mysterious puzzle are still to be revealed. NBC's sources say that Kushner "is in a different category from former Trump aides Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, who are formally considered subjects of the investigation".

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