House intel Democrat wants review of Kushner's clearance
29 May, 2017, 05:16 | Author: Glen Fletcher
The Democratic National Committee on Thursday called for Kushner's clearance to be suspended until the FBI completes its investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian agents accused of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
"There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on ABC News' "This Week".
"If not, then there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance", Schiff told ABC's "This Week".
"I think it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador would report back to Moscow on a channel that he most likely knows we're monitoring", Graham explained to Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union".
A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Kushner spoke with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication. The request from the committee arrived last week at campaign headquarters in NY, according to person familiar with the request who wasn't authorized to discuss the developments publicly and demanded anonymity.
Russia, a pivotal player in Syria, has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians during a long civil war.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) noted on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Kushner has agreed to speak with Senate investigators about his contacts with Russian officials. At the time, a White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting.
"I think we need to get to the bottom of these allegations", Schiff said.
"I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home", the man said in the video. So one is this administration not talking about our values, cozying up to authoritarian leaders. Late last week, reports surfaced that Trump's top advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner was a target of investigators probing Russia's influence in the 2016 election.
The disclosure of the back channel put the White House on the defensive.
When Raddatz compared these leaks to Trump's reportedly sharing Israeli intelligence with the Russians in an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, Kelly resisted making any comparison.
He said, "I spoke with President Trump at length this morning and told him that I could not be more pleased with his first worldwide trip". He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly suggested Sunday such a back channel could be positive.
"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said. "It allows you to communicate in a discreet manner".
In interviews Sunday, Kelly said he didn't know whether the reports were true. You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back, on an open channel, "Hey, Jared Kushner's gonna move into the embassy".
Clapper noted that it's not up to him to decide what kind of action should be taken as a response to Russia's attempts to interfere with the USA election, but he said, "certainly sanctions are a compelling, powerful weapon-Russians don't like them".
Flynn served briefly as Trump's national security adviser before being fired in February.
Graham said that if the email described in the document was fake, the United States needed further sanctions on Russian Federation, but also allowed for the possibility that it was real. Last week, it was confirmed the 36-year-old, who had been at the helm of Mr Trump's campaign, was the focus of the FBI's ongoing investigation.