Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, considered setting up a secret line of communications between the incoming administration and the Russian government, primarily to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Syria, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Mike Dubke, the Hamburg native who signed on to be President Trump's communications director only three months ago, has resigned in what could just be part one of a White House staff shakeup.
Other potential staff changes could be in the works, according to Axios News, which first reported Dubke's departure, including fewer on-camera news briefings by Spicer, the White House press secretary.
Congressional Democrats are demanding to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel. He added: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names ... it is very possible that those sources don't exist".
Moscow has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it meddled in the campaign to try to tilt the election in Trump's favour.
The administration had hoped Trump's nine-day turn in the global spotlight would offer a respite from relentless coverage - marked by an endless barrage of explosive revelations - of an ever-widening probe into Russian meddling in last year's election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Russian officials must be laughing at the USA & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News". May-Kelly said her parents and mother were. "#FakeNews is the enemy!" the United States leader wrote, spelling errors and all.
He also told "Fox News Sunday" there was nothing wrong with the Trump transition team trying to build relationships with the Russians as they prepared to take over the White House. "We're just not going to comment". So it doesn't predispose you toward any sort of content of that conversation or anything.
"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said.
"There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid", Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on ABC News' "This Week" on Sunday, the NY Daily News reported. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American government". The Democratic National Committee issued a statement declaring: "Trump has no choice but to immediately fire Kushner, whose failure to report this episode on his security clearance is reason enough for a criminal investigation".
"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period", Gorelick said in an email.
Recently appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, is starting off an investigation with a broad mandate that will allow him to probe both the possible Russian influence and whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation by firing FBI Director James Comey. "We're chasing our tails as a nation when it comes to the Russians", Senator Lindsey Graham told CNN. "I don't trust this story as far as I can throw it. ..."
The 18th seed, fired a total of 20 aces, including six in the first set alone, which he raced through in 30 minutes on Tuesday. Konta, 26, is yet to win a match in the main draw at Roland Garros after three successive first-round losses.
In 2015, a grand jury declined to criminally charge Loehmann in the Rice shooting. "We still need accountability". Garmback was suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule for his driving that day.
In light of that need for roster enhancement, this could have been the last parquet party for a fair number of those in uniform. The deficit reached a peak of 37 points, the second worst under Brad Stevens to the 50-point lead the Cavs reached in Game 2.
Passengers were screened upon disembarkation and put up at hotels, and will be offered seats on alternative flights. Malaysia's deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz bin Kaprawi, told AFP the item was not a bomb, but a " powerbank ".
She paired the one shoulder, thigh-high slit gown with Chloe Gosselin's platform shoes and De Grisogono diamond earrings and cuff. She didn't seem too upset by the fashion faux-pas, and was later seen partying the night away with her fellow models.
One of the few times Gustafsson didn't just evade Teixeira's lunge was in the third round, when he almost finished the fight. He went into the fifth round against Glover Teixeira on Sunday but didn't require the judges.
Apparently, Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in a cameo as a magician, who helps Salman's character discover his talents. The film is directed by Kabir Khan and also stars Chinese star Zhu Zhu , Zeeshan Ayyub and late actor Om Puri .
North Carolina (47-12), which missed the national tournament the last two years, is No. 2 after winning 18 of its last 22 games. DE went 4-0 at the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to capture its first conference title in the CAA .
He also added eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Cavs romped to a 135-102 victory and a 4-1 series win. LeBron and Kyrie combined for 28 third-quarter points, with Irving going for 13 points and four assists in the frame.
The previous year, many students and teachers said that components of the JEE (Advanced) were particularly challenging. The paper contained a mix of single choice, multiple correct choice and passage type single choice question.
Virat Kohli only Indian in top 10 of ICC ODI rankings
Joe Root's shot was then perhaps a signal of England's mis-adventure when he missed Parnell's full-length inswing to be plumb lbw. Best of them all arguably was Faf du Plessis ' head-high take at second slip to account for Jos Buttler .
'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
The loss ended the champions' 13-game post-season winning streak. "I mean, listen, you've got to be smart about it", James said. The Celtics managed to stabilize the game and Bradley's jumper cut the lead to 26-19 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
Have become member of every family: Modi
Prime Minister Modi will depart for Hotel Adlon Kempinski at Palaisaal to attend the Indo-German Business Summit 2017. To our mind, terrorism is the gravest challenge facing humanity.
KISS concert in Manchester canceled after terrorist attacks
Abedi spent time in Libya before the attack and transited through Istanbul and Dusseldorf airports on his way back to Britain. She said: "The public should be clear about what this means - a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely".
Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors
James had earlier been whistled for his fourth foul with nearly seven minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench. The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 65-42 in the second half, thanks to Irving's playoff career high in points.
Mosul civilians in 'grave danger' as ISIS resists Iraqi forces
The move is an abrupt shift from past instructions that have mostly told civilians to stay in place until the fighting is over. The enclave covers mainly the Old City centre and three adjacent districts alongside the western bank of the Tigris river.
Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit
The wall is in the Old City, a part of east Jerusalem , which the US and most of the world consider to be occupied territory. Trump said as a candidate he would move the embassy to Jerusalem , but now says he's studying the issue.
Steven Mnuchin at G7: 'We don't want to be protectionist'
Another senior official from the delegation said, "Each one of us is following developments in USA tax policy very closely". The aim for the G7 and central bankers on Saturday is to join forces to fight the growing threat of worldwide cyber attacks.