HR McMaster ‘Not Concerned’ Over Jared Kushner Back-Channel Reports
And sure enough, Brennan said, Russian officials started holding meetings with members of the Trump campaign.
Mr Trump was returning from his first foreign trip on Saturday to find his administration still besieged from the fallout of a slew of investigations into his team’s ties to Moscow.
Senior US advisers have refused to answer questions about Donald Trump’s son-in-law, following reports that Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret communication line with Moscow. In a written statement, Kushner’s attorney said, “Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings”. A rally planned Thursday in Iowa was postponed due to “an unforeseen change” in Trump’s schedule.
US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and two eldest sons have faced scrutiny from the FBI in its ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The number of leaks pertaining to these investigations is extraordinary, and some appear to come from within the White House.
According to NBC News, Kushner was under the FBI’s investigations, which were launched July a year ago and now stretched over the president’s family and close acquaintances.
The Post says the White House and Flynn’s lawyer didn’t want to comment for their story. But McMaster said “generally speaking”, he would not be concerned about such an action.
The person wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.
If the Trump campaign did not work with Russia to try to influence the election, they certainly had a lot of interactions with the Russians that they didn’t want the United States of America government and/or the public to know about.
Lewandowski’s return would be a particularly notable development, given the fact that he was sacked by Trump after clashing with other staff as well as Trump’s adult children.
Next week President Trump will have many tough issues to deal with.
One likely area of interest for investigators would be Kushner’s own meetings with Russians, given that such encounters with a variety of Trump associates are at the root of the sprawling probe, now overseen by former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller. The claims have cast a shadow over his fledgling presidency, and are the subject of congressional and FBI investigations.
It is clear that the Trump team are not looking to add to the reports over the actions of Mr Kushner, with top Trump aides making clear on Saturday that they would not address the contents of Mr Kushner’s December meeting with the Russian diplomat.
Right around the time Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser held a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States last spring, the Central Intelligence Agency director started to notice something odd: the Russians were talking about actively, aggressively trying to influence the U.S. presidential election against Hillary Clinton. For what objective? What did they want to discuss with Vladimir Putin that they did not want USA intelligence to know about?
The president announced on Twitter this morning that he will make a final decision next week.
USA investigators would have been intrigued to see then-candidate Trump’s son-in-law meeting with Russians. This is a member of Trump’s inner circle, as close as you can get without meeting with the candidate himself. But one of Trump’s short-list candidates, former Connecticut Sen.