Spicer refers Russian Federation investigation questions to Trump's outside attorney

Spicer refers Russian Federation investigation questions to Trump's outside attorney

Spicer refers Russian Federation investigation questions to Trump's outside attorney

But Corey Lewandowski is declined to say whether he's been contacted by Trump or anyone else about a return engagement as the president considers an overhaul of his communications team.

And Jared Kushner, the influential White House official married to Ivanka Trump, is under scrutiny for numerous hinky connections to less-than-benevolent Russian figures, including his meeting (while part of the Trump transition team) with the head of a state-owned Russian bank that is now hindered by US sanctions imposed after Russia's seizure of the Crimea in Ukraine.

Jared Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak discussed the possibility of creating a back channel - a secret communication channel - between the Trump team and Russian officials, according to communications between Kislyak and his superiors in Moscow that were picked up by US intelligence. The term refers to unofficial meetings and discussions. These talks sometimes can help governments work through hard problems and reduce tensions in lower-pressure settings away from the limelight.

A veteran Republican foreign-affairs official, now an ardent Trump critic, says it's a troubling pattern.

The White House has not denied the core allegations laid out in the stories, though some White House officials have denied that a back channel request was improper. After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, diplomats Tuesday declared that world powers and Iran had struck a landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from global sanctions. But according to most of these amateur cryptologists, it was nothing so prosaic; they preferred to suggest it was some kind of coded reference. Where's the evidence that he meant to "injure" the United States or create an "advantage" for Russian Federation in opening this back channel? If a phone has been hacked, a person can listen and monitor the device even if the president is using an encrypted phone. But even transition back channels aren't unprecedented.

Vice President Mike Pence is the best option to communicate Trump's thoughts and actions, according to the poll.

From left to right, president-elect Richard Nixon, Averill Harriman and Henry A. Kissinger are shown in a photo on December 5, 1968.

Trump administration officials also wouldn't say what type of cellphone the US president was using or describe any security upgrades it might include. John McCain and Barack Obama and other leaders in both parties have long called for this. McCain is now among those raising concerns about Kushner's proposed back-channel talks.

Kushner also acts as a liaison to the business community, where he has relationships dating to his time running his family's New Jersey real estate business, particularly in the banking world.

"Hillary Clinton's email server was like Fort Knox compared to Trump just carrying around a regular cellphone", said Andrew McLaughlin, former deputy chief technology officer for the Obama administration. In Syria's civil war, Russian Federation has backed Assad. And he abandoned traditional USA pressure for progress by Arab nations toward greater democracy and respect for women's rights, cementing his image as someone who identifies with autocrats like Russia's Vladimir Putin, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte and Egypt's Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Kushner proposed using Russian diplomatic facilities for the discussions, apparently to make them more hard to monitor, according to The Washington Post.

The newspapers also reported that Kushner sought to use Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S.to connect to Russian government officials.

The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Trump hired Kasowitz last week to lead a legal team focused on steering the President through the various investigations into Russia's election meddling.

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