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Kushner Pitched Russians on Secret Communications Line: Report

He allegedly wanted to use Russian facilities in US to avoid detection

(Newser) - On Thursday, the Washington Post reported the Russia investigation was zeroing in on Jared Kushner . On Friday, the Post explained why that might be: Kushner reportedly proposed setting up a secret communications line between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin during a meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The... More »

Democrats Want Kushner's Security Clearance Pulled

He says he'll cooperate with Russia investigation

(Newser) - Jared Kushner will be cooperating with any probe of Russian links to his father-in-law's campaign, a lawyer confirmed Thursday after reports that investigators are focusing on the senior White House adviser surfaced. Attorney Jamie Gorelick said Kushner has already offered to tell Congress all about his meetings with Russian... More »

Report: Russia Investigation Zeroes In on Jared Kushner

Of interest are meetings Kushner held with Russian ambassador and banker

(Newser) - Investigators looking into Russian interference with the 2016 election are zeroing in on Jared Kushner, reports the Washington Post , citing "people familiar with the investigation." At issue are meetings President Trump's son-in-law and adviser held with the Russian ambassador and a Moscow banker whose bank has been... More »

Report: Russians Discussed How to Charm Trump Aides

US spies learned about discussions last summer: NYT

(Newser) - US spies last summer gathered that Russian intelligence officials were discussing how Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort could be used to influence Donald Trump, reports the New York Times . Russians claimed connections to Flynn, a Trump adviser, and discussed using their connections to former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a close... More »

Ex-CIA Chief: Russia 'Brazenly' Interfered With Our Election

John Brennan testifies before House panel

(Newser) - Former CIA chief John Brennan left no wiggle room in one aspect of his testimony before a House panel on Tuesday: "It should be clear to everyone that Russia brazenly interfered in our 2016 election process," he told the House Intelligence Committee, per the Daily Beast . But as... More »

New Report May Mean More Trouble for Trump on Russia

Washington Post says he asked intel chiefs to deny collusion

(Newser) - A new report from the Washington Post could deepen President Trump's trouble with a special investigator. The newspaper says Trump asked the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, and the director of the National Security Agency, Mike Rogers, to publicly reject the idea of any collusion between his 2016... More »

Democrats Say Flynn May Have Lied on Background Check

Plus, he invokes the 5th amendment to rebuff subpoena in Trump-Russia probe

(Newser) - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling, the AP reports. Flynn's attorneys told the Senate intelligence committee he will not turn over personal documents sought under... More »

Russia Investigation Looking at Sr. White House Official: Report

And Trump told Russian officials firing Comey took a 'great pressure' off him

(Newser) - President Trump told Russian officials that firing James Comey took a "great pressure" off him in regard to the ongoing investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russia, the New York Times reports. He also told Russian officials the former FBI director was "crazy, a real nut... More »

Trump: Naming Special Counsel 'Hurts Our Country'

He also denies telling Comey to drop the investigation into Flynn

(Newser) - President Trump called the appointment of a special counsel to investigate his campaign's ties to Russia a "witch hunt" that "hurts our country" Thursday in his first public, non-Twitter comments on the situation. "I believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
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Trump on Special Prosecutor: Biggest 'Witch Hunt' Ever in US

The president weighs in via Twitter

(Newser) - "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" That was President Trump's Thursday morning tweet following news that a special prosecutor had been appointed to investigate whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russian tampering with the presidential election. He followed that... More »

Bad Joke or Trump Scoop? Post Has a New Recording

Kevin McCarthy spoke of candidate Trump being on Putin's payroll: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - The Washington Post has another front-pager on President Trump in regard to Russia: It dug up a recording from June 2016, a month before Trump clinched the nomination, in which House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells a few fellow House members he thinks Trump is on Vladimir Putin's payroll.... More »

Special Counsel Appointed to Trump-Russia Investigation

Robert Mueller is a former FBI director

(Newser) - The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tasked Robert Mueller with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government... More »

Putin: 'Political Schizophrenia' Gripping US

Defends Trump, says he'll hand over transcript of the White House meeting

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin says President Trump did not reveal classified information during his White House meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and that a transcript can prove it, reports the Hill . The Russian president said Wednesday that he would be willing to provide the transcript of the meeting to Congress... More »

Sources: Info Trump Gave to Russia Came From Israeli Spy

And those sources say the intelligence wasn't supposed to be shared

(Newser) - President Trump won't be in Israel until next week, but he may have already angered his hosts: The classified information that he shared with Russian diplomats was provided by Israel, which is unlikely to be thrilled about information gathered by its spy network being given to a country with... More »

McMaster: The Real Problem Isn't What Trump Said

It's the leak, says the national security adviser

(Newser) - National Security Adviser HR McMaster stepped up his defense of President Trump Tuesday and sought to change the narrative of the classified-info flap : The problem isn't what Trump said, he argued, it's the leak. In a White House briefing, McMaster said that what Trump told visiting Russian diplomats... More »

Colbert to Trump on Russia Leak: 'Please Resign'

Late-night hosts Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah also weigh in

(Newser) - A high-profile Washington Post story Monday alleged President Trump leaked classified info to the Russian officials who visited the Oval Office last week, sending DC, the internet, and late-night TV into a new tizzy. Highlights from Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert, via the Week , the New York Daily ... More »

In 2 Tweets, Trump Defends Sharing Info With Russians

President says he gave details to Russians to help fight ISIS

(Newser) - President Trump on Tuesday defended his decision to share information with two visiting Russian diplomats, asserting that he has the "absolute right" to do so. Trump did not address allegations that the information he shared was classified , though as president he has the power to declassify anything he wants.... More »

GOP Senator on Alleged Leak: Trump in 'Downward Spiral'

Story claiming Trump disclosed classified info to Russians leads to a dramatic night

(Newser) - The news that President Trump had allegedly shared highly classified information with Russian officials led to a dramatic night in Washington, DC, Monday, with lawmakers from both parties expressing shock and White House officials issuing denials. In what the AP calls one of the most bizarre moments, National Security Adviser... More »

Washington Post: Trump Leaked Classified Info to Russia

HR McMaster says the story as reported is 'false'

(Newser) - The Washington Post is out with what it's calling a bombshell Monday night: According to anonymous officials, President Trump revealed highly classified information during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week. The officials say the information had to do with an ISIS... More »

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