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Kushner's Russian Federation ties are questioned

Kushner's Russian Federation ties are questioned

At the same time, Trump is frustrated with what he views as his team's inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations. The disclosures dogged the president during his first trip overseas since taking office and threaten to overwhelm and stall the agenda for his young administration.

President Donald Trump returned to the US on Saturday after his nine-day foreign trip and ignored a reporter's question about reports his son-in-law, Jared Kushner requested a secret back channel of communications with Russian Federation.

A rally planned Thursday in Iowa was postponed due to "an unforeseen change" in Trump's schedule. He focused heavily on leaks - both those coming out of the White House and an intelligence leak blamed on Americans about this week's deadly bombing at a concert in England.

Contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials during the campaign coincided with what USA intelligence agencies concluded was a Kremlin effort - through computer hacking, fake news and propaganda - to boost Mr Trump's chances of winning the White House. "Gave me full details!"

But to the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, it's "obviously very concerning" that a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in the 2016 election. According to the Times, Kushner believes the barrage of negative leaks about his team are spearheaded by Bannon, who considers Trump's son-in-law a "globalist" and compares him to "the air" for the way he blows in and out of the White House.

As White House defends Kushner, experts question his back-channel move
The newspaper cited anonymous USA officials who were briefed on intelligence reports on intercepted Russian communications. They said any secret communications could have left Kushner vulnerable to manipulation by Russian officials.

Kushner's involvement in the proposed back channel was first reported by The Washington Post on Friday, which said he suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor.

Mr Donald Trump, just back from his first global trip as USA president, geared up to combat concerns yesterday over his son-in-law's ties to Russian Federation.

Kushner in March said he was ready to testify about his Russian Federation meetings to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

During the Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton White House brought on a dedicated group of lawyers and a created a separate media operation to handle investigation-related inquiries so they didn't completely subsume the president's agenda. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person". The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Lewandowski's return would be notable, given the fact that he was sacked by Trump after clashing with staff and Trump's adult children. Nonetheless, Lewandowski, who led the small team that steered Trump's primary victory, has the trust of the president - an advantage that many of Trump's aides lack.

United Kingdom police arrest 19-year-old over Manchester attack
Britain's official terror threat level was set at "critical" in the days after the attack but was downgraded Saturday to "severe". Manchester area authorities say they have arrested a 19-year-old in connection to the attack on the Manchester Arena .

Comey is expected to testify before Congress after Memorial Day about memos he kept on conversations with the president that pertained to the investigation.

Graham added it's a "possibility" Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, the source of comments about Kushner's purported suggestion, lied on the monitored line to generate confusion. "So, generally speaking, about back-channel communications, what that allows you to do is to communicate in a discreet manner", McMaster said. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Saturday, the Post reported some White House aides have engaged in discussions over whether Kushner should take a leave of absence as scandals engulf the White House.

Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address the issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency.

Arsene Wenger's future to be decided later this week
Bashed all season but ended with a trophy. "They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today". And although Diego Costa equalised to give the Blues hope, Aaron Ramsey headed in the victor three minutes later.


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