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His campaign was mired in controversy and so is his presidency.

FILE - In this May 18, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Then there is the fact that Trump seems increasingly frustrated by how the Russian Federation story is blotting out all other conversations about his administration and what he believes to be a number of underreported successes. On Friday, the newspaper reported that Trump's adviser had allegedly discussed with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak the possibility of establishing a communication channel between the U.S. administration and the Kremlin. McMaster said the report about Kushner's request for back-channel communications with Russians is "not something that we've been involved with or that I have any knowledge of", adding that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer could address the matter later.

"The reason the president is frustrated is there is a use of unnamed sources about things that are happening that don't ultimately happen", he said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described some staffers as speechless when they learned about reports of a purported Russian Federation back channel.

The veteran strategist offered to stay through Trump's first foreign trip.

"In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term. Reuters previously reported only Flynn's involvement in those discussions.

"You've got the ambassador to Russian Federation reporting back to Moscow on an open channel", Graham said. It is also not clear whether Kushner engaged with Kislyak on his own or with other Trump aides. Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told Reuters that Kushner "has no recollection of the calls as described".

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he would not confirm the stories about Kushner's conversations, but added that he was "very concerned" about reports of the Trump administration approaching Russian Federation "from a theoretical standpoint".

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Huh? The Post reported Kushner's effort on Friday, and the White House did not deny the report or even cast doubt on it. A full and independent report could have been invaluable to public understanding of connections between the email investigation and the election.

President Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russian Federation crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies.

Gorkov is the head of Vnesheconombank, a state-owned Russian entity that is the subject of US government sanctions. The bank is under U.S. sanctions and was implicated in a 2015 espionage case in which one of its NY executives pleaded guilty to spying and was jailed.

Kushner's meeting with Kislyak was not initially disclosed when Trump's son-in-law sought a security clearance. Sources said that such was the roller-coaster nature of the administration so far that there had been little time for strategic planning. Graham said. "I mean, it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador would report back to Moscow on an open channel that he most likely knows we're monitoring".

A veteran Republican foreign-affairs official, now an ardent Trump critic, says it's a troubling pattern.

"Jared is doing a great job for the country", he told the Times Sunday night.

As a scholar of legal ethics and director of a national institute on ethics and professionalism, I am concerned that Sessions and Rosenstein may have disregarded a federal law safeguarding independent investigations into potential wrongdoing by government officials.

"I can not think of any compelling patriotic reason why any American, let alone someone working for the White House, would create secret back-channel communications with the Russians", said former Central Intelligence Agency operative Emily Brandwin. "So it's not a bad thing to have multiple communication lines to any government". The difference here is that the Obama administration was in office when that was happening. Why was there deliberate intent to avoid any monitoring by the USA intelligence agencies? He made that stop in Europe where this question of whether the United States is going to pull out of that climate accord right in front of us.

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