Three lawmakers question Kushner Cos on concerns over White House tie

Austin Daniel
June 6, 2017

But they're also a way around intelligence agencies, which raises questions about why White House adviser (and President Trump's son-in-law) Jared Kushner attempted to create a backchannel with Russian Federation before Trump transitioned into office.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday referred all questions related to the FBI's Russian Federation investigation from now on to President Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

A New York Times report Tuesday said the White House has had difficulty finding a replacement for recently departed communications director Michael Dubke.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump will meet with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on June 9 for "a working visit".

She adds: "When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it".

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Dubke's hiring was meant to lighten the load on Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump's first month in office.

There are now 442 key executive branch positions that President Donald Trump has not nominated anyone for, and that process may stall even further given a brewing controversy over the president and his associates' potential ties to Russian Federation. Dubke cited noted personal reasons for his resignation.

At Tuesday's briefing, Spicer finally just admitted what everyone knows Trump believes: "Ultimately, the best messenger is the president himself".

A security analyst who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years said yesterday it was "hard to believe" the President had no knowledge of his son-in-law's actions.

For two days in a row, since returning from President Trump's trip overseas, the White House press secretary has held uncharacteristically short press briefings in which he claimed not to know the answer to questions, outsourced questions to other officials or dismissed the premise of questions entirely. "I don't think it's a very positive work environment right now for anybody to take the leap here", said Steven Billet, director of the master's program in legislative affairs at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. By this time in their presidencies, both George W. Bush and Barack Obama had already nominated approximately twice as many people. That said, 61% of Americans believe Trump does more harm than good when speaking on his own behalf, while 33% feel he does more good than bad.

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