Kushner's outreach, at a time of alleged Russian meddling in the US election, has fed accusations of Trump campaign collusion, which the FBI is investigating.
Former Acting Director of CIA Michael Morell, on "CBS This Morning", May 24, 2017. The assembled reporters wanted more, crying out in unison, but the more-subdued-than-normal press secretary left it there. He reportedly was involved in a back-channel plan, which never came to fruition, which would have involved a peace agreement between Russian Federation and Ukraine, and the lifting of US sanctions against Moscow.
An attorney who represents potential executive branch nominees also toldPolitico that three clients said they were not interested in working for Trump following the appointment of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in charge of spearheading the FBI's Russian Federation probe.
Spicer offered no further explanation and attempted to move on to the next question, sending the assembled reporters into a tizzy.
"That makes it much more cohesive", he said.
As an example of "over-connecting the dots", the 33-year CIA veteran cited the agency's inaccurate determination the Saddam Hussein possessed WMDs. Trump will also take more questions directly from the media. "Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with President Trump, please tell me if each person does more to help or more to hurt the president when they speak on behalf ofthe administration".
Perhaps the heaviest lift for the White House will be filling Comey's former role after the former F.B.I. director's tumultuous and unexpected ouster.
Back-channel lines of communication with Russian Federation have not only been used before - they were in some ways the birthplace of the two countries' relationship.
Nixon's affinity for back-channel communications also contributed to several other major foreign policy achievements of his administration, Moss said.
USA back-channel diplomacy with Cuba has its own long history.
The White House on Wednesday took its first public steps to cordon off response efforts to the Russian Federation probe from the day-to-day work of the administration, acknowledging openly that President Donald Trump had hired an outside attorney to handle the swirling controversy. "Most of the Republicans do have some kind of coherent framework through which they see things".