Kushner Asked to Lay Low After Reports Connecting Him to Russia Probe

The latest twist involves the president's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who reportedly tried to set up a back channel for communications between the Trump team and Moscow.

"What your question assumes is a lot of facts that are not substantiated by anything but anonymous sources", Spicer said at the White House daily briefing, his first since Trump returned from his first overseas trip.

Trump has not directly addressed the allegations of the secret line to Moscow, but took to Twitter after his return to Washington to dismiss White House leaks as "fabricated lies" and "fake news".

White House officials have defended Kushner against the barrage of revelations, and President Trump released a statement on Sunday stating that Kushner has his full confidence.

In another tweet, he posted: "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 but are made up by fake news writers. #FakeNews is the enemy!"

The AP and other news organizations reported that Kushner in December proposed a back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

The White House is not always troubled by anonymous sources.

"It's both normal, in my opinion, and acceptable", Kelly said on ABC Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kushner's lawyer has said that he is willing to cooperate with congressional probes of Trump campaign links to Russian officials. Now communication is a bad thing for them?

Spicer pushed back against allegations, but did not deny, that President Trump's son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner tried to set up back channel communications with Russian Federation for private communication. Some also questioned whether his security clearance needs to be revoked. Neither the meeting nor the Americans involved were under US surveillance, officials told the Post. But Kelly said such back-channel communications don't bother him and would not be harmful to USA security interests. (At age 36 he can not remember meeting with Russian diplomats only several months ago?) The American public needs to know the reason for the attempt to set up a covert communication channel with Russia.

"I think any time you have channels of communication with a country - particularly one like Russian Federation - I wouldn't criticize it", Kelly reiterated. "As they build their own situational awareness - with Russian Federation in this case - I don't see an issue here".

"Russia, at least for my money, is our primary adversary", he told NBC. "They are in to do us in".

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