Kellyanne Conway: Jared Kushner's foreign contacts helped make Trump's trip successful

Jared Kushner and Donald Trump

Jared Kushner and Donald Trump

President Donald Trump's top counselor, Kellyanne Conway, on Tuesday dismissed the importance of recent reports that senior adviser Jared Kushner attempted to create a secret line of communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition previous year.

Investigators want to know why Kushner secretly met in December with officials at the NY branch of a Russian bank, ABC News reports.

"I don't like it", the Republican lawmaker said Monday in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "7:30" when asked about President Donald Trump's son-in-law's possible ties to Russian Federation. Kushner, Trump added, is "respected by virtually everyone" and "is a very good person".

It was a tumultuous Memorial Day weekend for the White House, particularly President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was the subject of a series of bombshell reports that punctuated the end of the president's first trip overseas with fresh controversy. Secondly, setting up a meeting with a "Russian contact" and the transition team in a third country; that meeting appears to have taken place in January, between an informal advisor to the Trump campaign and a representative of President Putin, which took place in the Seychelles in January, the Washington Post reported in April.

The Post reported that the direct line would have been conducted through Russian diplomatic facilities to avoid being monitored in USA communication systems.

President Trump is standing by Kushner. Some foreign affairs experts said the move, while former president Barack Obama had weeks left in his term, anxious them that it could undermine USA security and some opposition Democrats have suggested that Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

Kushner was joined by Michael Flynn, the retired general who would resign as Trump's national security adviser after reports that he secretly spoke with Kislyak about sanctions.

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Investigations into Russian interference in the American presidential election aren't only getting close to Donald Trump, they've begun to stir up concerns about the chain of command.

Kushner's lawyer has also publicly said the president's son-in-law is "willing to cooperate in the probe".

"Back channels like this are the regular course of business, and that's really all that we know", Conway said.

"As you heard [national security adviser H.R.] McMaster and [Homeland Security chief John] Kelly say over this weekend, they're not concerned", she said.

There is no indication Kushner is now a target of the FBI's probe, and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

Fox News may be standing by the story, but for now, it exists alone amongst a number of other reports as the sole defense of Murdoch's ally in the White House. The Trump relative suggested Russian diplomatic facilities in the U.S. for the private talks, Kisylak reportedly said.

Trump started by lashing out against the coverage of the probe, tweeting, "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".