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Jared Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Russia, new report alleges

This does not look good.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, was seeking a private communications channel with the Kremlin, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

Kushner and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak spoke of the possibility of coordinating a secret and secure communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, the paper said.

Trump has to say Goodbye to Jared and Ivanka and bring Bannon back into the fold.

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Jared Kushner Now Under FBI Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Say Officials

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and one of his senior advisers, has come under FBI scrutiny in the Russia investigation, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.

Investigators believe Kushner has significant information relevant to their inquiry, officials said. That does not mean they suspect him of a crime or intend to charge him.

I find something odd about this character and I can’t put my finger on it.

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Trump in Israel: Jews, Christians, Muslims Must ‘Overcome Oppression and Hatred’

President Trump started his last day in the Middle East alongside Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, vowing to work with him on the Mideast peace process and “on other important matters, such as unlocking the potential of the Palestinian economy — which is having a very rough time — and building on our very positive counterterrorism efforts.”

Trump said he’s “gratified” that Abbas is “committed to taking firm but necessary steps to fight terrorism and confront its hateful ideology.”

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Draft of Trump’s Saudi speech calls terror fight ‘a battle between good and evil’ – but omits the magic phrase ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ and says ‘we are not here to lecture’ Arabs

Donald Trump’s first overseas speech as president will frame the global fight against ISIS and other Islamist terror groups as ‘a battle between good and evil’ – but omits the phrase ‘radical

Islamic terrorism’ – according to a draft the Associated Press reported seeing late on Friday.

Last year the president repeatedly lambasted his predecessor Barack Obama and his Democratic election opponent Hillary Clinton for avoiding that phrase, but he appears prepared to follow suit when he addresses a multi-nation Muslim summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

The speech reportedly calls for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, urging Arab leaders to ‘drive out the terrorists from your places of worship.’

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Rosenstein: Comey Routinely ‘Usurped’ the DOJ

A day after addressing the Senate, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with the members of the House of Representatives Friday to brief them on the firing of FBI Director James Comey. In his remarks, Rosenstein shared that he was dismayed by Comey’s press conference from last July in which he “usurped” the Department of Justice and revealed findings from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. He was just as frustrated when Comey again circumvented the DOJ by sending a letter to Congress 11 days before the 2016 election revealing that he was reopening the investigation.

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Robert Mueller named special prosecutor in Trump FBI, Russia Probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Wednesday he has appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The decision heeds the call of Democrats in Congress to appoint a special prosecutor for the probe, which only grew louder after President Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

During his own confirmation hearing, Mr. Rosenstein faced questions about whether he would appoint special counsel to handle the probe. He inherited oversight of the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

Mr. Rosenstein said he determined “it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.

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The Other Half of the Comey Story

Much of the media’s coverage of James Comey’s firing has focused on Donald Trump’s frequent self-defeating decision-making process.

Without warning and while Comey was out of town, Trump fired him in a manner that many people—even those who thought Comey deserved to be fired—considered demeaning.

But how did Comey, who’s often described as the last Boy Scout in Washington, handle his public humiliation?

Here’s the other half of the story.

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Donald Trump Defends Right to Share Classified Intel with Russia

President Donald Trump responded to the leaked news that he had shared intelligence about Islamic State terrorists during a meeting with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.

“I have been asking Director Comey & others, from the beginning of my administration, to find the LEAKERS in the intelligence community,” he wrote on Twitter, suggesting that the former FBI director’s failure was one of the reasons why he was fired.

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Trump revealed highly classified info to Russians during White House visit

President Trump gave highly classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador at the White House last week — jeopardizing a key source of US intelligence on ISIS, a stunning new report said Monday.

Trump relayed information that came from a US partner through an “intelligence-sharing” deal so sensitive that details had been withheld from America’s allies and were even kept under wraps within most of the US government, the Washington Post reported.

The partner had not given the US the OK to share the material with Russia, and the officials said that Trump risked losing the cooperation of an ally that had deep access to ISIS strategies.

Then again it was a “Wapo report”… Tillerson, McMaster dispute report Trump revealed classified information to Russian officials

Top Trump administration officials pushed back against a published report Monday that accused President Trump of revealing classified information about the Islamic State to Russian diplomats in a White House meeting last week.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Mr. Trump did speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about “the nature of specific threats” from the terrorist group, “but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations.”

He said the Oval Office meeting covered “a broad range of subjects,” including “common efforts and threats regarding counter-terrorism.”

The Washington Post, citing anonymous current and former U.S. government officials, published a report Monday saying the president disclosed highly classified information to the Russians that jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

Looks like more fake news…

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Trump Has a Communication Problem

White House struggles to manage message, sources say president weighing major shake-ups

President Donald Trump’s latest threat — that he will cancel daily press briefings led by press secretary Sean Spicer — is a sign changes may be on the way in the West Wing.

It’s also a sign there is frustration in the Oval Office that the president’s communications team cannot figure out how to adapt traditional messaging to a very non-traditional president.

I liked that Huckabee Gal.

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House Passes Revised American Health Care Act

House Republicans passed a revised version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Thursday.

The bill passed after moderate Republicans fretted this week about how well the bill will protect patients with pre-existing conditions. Many, including former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), previously came out against the bill, but now support it after GOP leaders agreed to add an amendment adding $8 billion to help cover people with pre-existing conditions.

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