Three lawmakers question Kushner Cos on concerns over White House tie

Raquel Nash
June 6, 2017

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", Trump tweeted.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred television cameras from Wednesday's media briefing, the latest sign that he is scaling back interactions with journalists.

Along with his wife Ivanka, Kushner appeared determined to dismiss the increased scrutiny in connection with the FBI's ongoing Russian Federation probe as little more than a PR squall that will soon pass.

The president has denied any collusion, repeatedly denouncing the probes by a special counsel at the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several congressional panels as a Democrat-backed effort to explain Hillary Clinton's upset defeat in the White House race.

But President Trump has proclaimed his support for Kushner, who has been given a broad portfolio involving everything from Mideast peace to streamlining Washington red tape.

"In order for anybody to represent the administration before Congress or to make any policy decisions, the administration needs to have appointees at sub-cabinet levels", Dr. James Pfiffner, an expert on White House organization and a professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government, told Business Insider. Moreover, who are the "small group of people" who were in on it? "It's very important to know that I can be helpful on the outside; if they want me to help on the inside and the right role is there, I'd be willing to consider that".

Mr. Lewandowski said it would be easier for someone who has a "pre-existing" relationship with Mr. Trump to fill the role of White House communications director.

White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, met in December with Russia's ambassador to the us and discussed whether a secret line of communication could be used to facilitate sensitive policy discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Despite Spicer's instruction, the White House has not provided a point of contact to reporters for Kasowitz.

His on-camera briefing on Tuesday was his first in 15 days - which was largely understandable because he spent much of the previous two weeks traveling overseas with President Trump.

The only person a majority of Americans said was more helpful than hurtful as a mouthpiece of the Trump administration is Vice President Mike Pence, with 53 percent saying he helped more than hurt. He later added: "It's an ongoing conversation, and that's a fair way to put it".

And on Tuesday, Michael Dubke, his communications director, resigned after being on the job for just three months.

Spicer was asked on Tuesday whether Trump knew about reported efforts by Kushner in December to set up a back channel for communications with Russian Federation.

A senior administration official said Kushner was keeping his head down and focusing on work after the foreign trip.

The Oval Office meeting could also be overshadowed by expectation Trump will withdraw the USA from a global agreement on climate change. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss private thinking and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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