Lawyer says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators

The G7 statement provides the USA with more time to resolve internal White House debates about whether to pull out of the pact.

It is a pretty stunning development that the White House isn't mounting a defense of Trump's son in law.

While much remained fluid Saturday, the beefed-up operation could include the return of some of Trump's more combative campaign aides, including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was sacked almost a year ago, and former deputy campaign manager David N. Bossie, who made his name in politics by investigating Bill and Hillary Clinton for two decades.

Both men have been part of discussions about building a war room lead by chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon.

But there have been a number of as yet unexplained contacts - during last year's presidential campaign and afterward - between other top Trump aides and senior Russian officials, including Flynn, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Manafort and others.

While Mr. Flynn and the former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, are persons of interest in the FBI investigation, Mr. Kushner is not a target, but a subject of investigation, according to reports based on conversations with officials.

No one responded to requests for comments from the Post, including the White House, Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Flynn, and the Russian Embassy.

Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication to facilitate sensitive discussions aimed at exploring the incoming administration's options with Russian Federation as it was developing its Syria policy, according to a person familiar with the discussions who spoke with The Associated Press.

Citing the bombing attack this week in Manchester, Trump said it shows the need for the world to join forces and "absolutely and totally defeat" terrorism.

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 United States officials.

Kushner's role in the Trump campaign and administration will be increasingly scrutinized in the weeks and months ahead, and even more hard for the president to distance himself from than his relationship with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who also failed to disclose his meetings with the Kremlin and did not register as a foreign agent while working for Trump and earning money from global governments. Is his mastery of psy-ops related to his role with Russian Federation?

People who apply for security clearances, as Kushner did, are required to report such contacts.

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 an earlier tweet Sunday, Trump hailed what he called the trip's "great success". Earlier in the day in Kushner's office, the two briefly discussed the stories involving Kushner and Russian Federation. Gorkov was trained by Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies", Trump tweeted. A White House spokeswoman strongly denied that possibility Saturday.

Meanwhile, Trump also addressed a controversy that arose last week, when British authorities publicly complained that US officials had leaked sensitive information about the bomber who killed more than 20 people at a Manchester concert.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, is being considered as a replacement behind the lectern.

The White House also may be considering a shake-up of its communications strategy and staff, the Post reported.

McMaster and Gary Cohn, the director of the National Economic Council, swatted away the questions after reports surfaced that Kushner considered setting up a secret line of communication with Russian Federation to discuss military options in Syria and other matters.

Gary Cohn, director of the US National Economic Council: "There was a lot of give-and-take between the different countries in the room".

McMaster was visibly frustrated as he faced a barrage of questions from reporters on Saturday about Kushner's contacts with the Russians.

After the pomp of presidential travel overseas, Trump will return to Washington to find the same problems that have dogged him.

The possible collusion and the nature of the contact between the two administrations are being examined by several investigators and congressional committees. But he has no plans to step down from his role as senior adviser or to reduce his duties, people close to him told the New York Times.

Secretive, back-channel communications are defined as secondary or covert routes used for passing information between governments.

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