Former White House press officer Boris Epshteyn questioned in Russia probe

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee also said he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a bigger threat to national security than ISIS.

Kelly's common-sense reply was that, "It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable". Schiff said that if he had confirmation of the allegations, Kushner's security clearance should be revoked. But Trump immediately railed against administration leaks in a flurry of tweets Sunday, calling them "fabricated lies".

Frustrated with what he views as his team's inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations, Trump is seeking expanded teams of lawyers and experienced public relations hands. John McCain is not pleased about reports that Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump told the New York Times. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

A source close to the situation told Fox News that Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak discussed Syria and former President Barack Obama's administration's policy on the country. But the bank described the discussion to ABC News as a "negotiation" in which "the parties discussed the business practices applied by foreign development banks, as well as most promising business lines and sectors".

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Sunday on ABC that USA officials need to get to the bottom of the allegations against Kushner, including if Kushner was not honest about his Russian Federation contacts during the security clearance process. Recently, when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump's stated reasons appeared to differ from those offered by White House spokespeople. Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news".

Monday: The New York Times reported that Kushner met in December with Putin associate Sergey Gorkov, the head of a Russian bank subject to us sanctions, in the interest of establishing a back channel with the Kremlin.

So as we've seen before, Trump doesn't think stories based on anonymous sources are fake, he only thinks stories he doesn't like that are based on anonymous sources are fake.

Trump also will take more questions directly from the media, Axios reported.

"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.

"National Review's Andrew McCarthy writes, "[Kushner] has no national-security or diplomatic experience, however, but was nonetheless chosen to represent the then-president-elect at a Trump Tower meeting with Russia's ambassador the United States.

Rhode Island's junior U.S. Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, says the country must work to recover its global reputation.

Trump's personal attorney is now part of an expanding congressional investigation into Russian efforts to influence the election. He was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts with Kislyak.

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