Trump resumes attacks on media on first day back in US

The White House crisis management plan, Jared Kushner's standing with the boss and new congressional wrinkles in the Russian Federation investigation - they're all a part of our Inside Politics forecast. "If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain" his current level of security clearance, Schiff said.

In McCain's view, Russian Federation and its president, Vladimir Putin, have grown into a greater threat to the USA than ISIS.

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", said Trump in the first of several Sunday morning tweets, Efe news reported. But he said on "Fox News Sunday" that "any channel of communications back or otherwise with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing".

Russian Federation denies any involvement and the White House says there was no collusion.

In answering questions about Kushner, Spicer relied heavily on a statement from the adviser's attorney that said the president's son-in-law would still share what he knows with Congress.

The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week that Kushner and Russian officials discussed the possibility of opening up a secret channel for communications past year.

Investigators are now looking into that 30-minute meeting to determine what the two discussed, according to The New York Times.

NPR has not independently confirmed the claims made in The Post's story, which cites "U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports".

CHUCK TODD: And this is what's likely triggered the FBI's now extra attention to Jared Kushner that we've been reporting - that they believe he has more information. Kushner, meanwhile, reportedly blames a series of unflattering leaks about his team on Bannon, who's called Trump's son-in-law a "globalist" and a "cuck."

White House promises investigation after leaks over Manchester bombing
British officials say that have receive assurances from US authorities that confidential material will be protected. Britain's security level has been upgraded to "critical" meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent.

Kushner, 36, even suggested using Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States to protect such a channel from monitoring, The Post said, quoting U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Kelly rejected the idea that such a back channel of communication with Russian officials would be damaging to US security interests.

"I would not be concerned about it", he added.

Mr Flynn served briefly as Mr Trump's national security adviser but was sacked in February. Officials said he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed USA sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call. He was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in January about his contacts with Kislyak.

The Trump administration's evolving strategy to cope with the latest bombshell revelation is going about as well as anything else this group does.

Saying it was "very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers", Trump also complained about leaks believed to have come from U.S. intelligence sources regarding the suicide bombing in Manchester earlier this week in which 22 people were killed. The Russia story didn't go away with Mr. Trump in Europe, and it won't be easy to sidestep once he is back at the White House.

Federal investigators and several congressional committees are looking into any connections between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, including allegations that there may have been collaboration to help Trump and harm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

He spoke on ABC's "This Week".

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