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Trump's son-in-law 'proposed secret channel between Kremlin and transition team'

Trump's son-in-law 'proposed secret channel between Kremlin and transition team'

He added that it is "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers". "#FakeNews is the enemy!"

Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December, prior to Trump's taking office, about establishing a back channel for communications about Syria and other policy matters, sources told ABC News.

Kelly rejected the idea that such a back channel of communication with Russian officials would be damaging to US security interests.

The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump's son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials.

A Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is calling on the White House to suspend the security clearance of President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The White House cancelled a presidential trip to Iowa in the coming days and was putting together a damage-control plan to expand the President's legal team, reorganise his communications staff and wall off a scandal that has jeopardised his agenda and now threatens to engulf his family. He said in a tweet that he would make a final decision next week on whether to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, in which almost 200 countries pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat global warming. Beyond having his clearance revoked, such deception would also qualify Kushner for jail time.

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Macron also said that he had spoken with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika about regional security on Thursday by telephone. France, the former colonial power in Mali, intervened in 2013 to drive al-Qaeda-linked militants from the region.

National Security Advisor HR McMaster refused to talk about the allegations.

CHUCK TODD: Even with an adversary, somebody that was, at the time, our own intelligence community had collectively said "this is a country that had infiltrated our election". "I think it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador would report back to Moscow on a channel that he most likely knows that we're monitoring". And that Kushner is now a focus of the federal investigation into the Trump campaign now being run by former FBI director Robert Mueller.

Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and NSA and a prominent Trump critic, told CNN on Saturday: "This is off the map".

He leaned toward "naivete" as an explanation, though he did not find it comforting.

The Washington Post said Kushner's secret communications proposal was made December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by USA officials. But the following month, a series of leaks led to the resignation of Trump's National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn. A White House official dismissed it as a brief courtesy meeting at the time.

British Airways disruption continues for third day after IT system crash
While other airlines have been hit by computer problems, the scale and length of BA's troubles were unusual. In a statement, BA said its IT systems were moving " closer to full operational capacity".

The New York Times and Washington Post said he wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid United States interception of discussions with Moscow. That doesn't mean, however, that they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee - which is conducting one of the investigations into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - repeated some Democrats' calls for a review of Kushner's security clearance.

Kushner boasts an enormous portfolio of domestic and worldwide responsibilities underscoring his importance as Trump's chief aide-de-camp, despite having no experience in politics before the 2016 White House race. 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. Labeling him a "target" would suggest Kushner was a main suspect of the investigation.

The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.

British Airways resumes flights from London airports following global computer outage
Disruption has entered a second day for passengers after BA was affected by a worldwide computer system power failure yesterday. Last month Germany's Lufthansa and Air France suffered a global system outage which prevented them from boarding passengers.


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