Politics

Homeland Security chief says backchannel talks with Russia would be ‘normal’ and ‘acceptable’

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly came to the defense of Jared Kushner, saying it would be “normal” and “acceptable” to seek backchannel communications with Russia, but that if those communications used Russian equipment, that would be considered “somewhat compromised.” Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser of President Trump, talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in …

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Top Democrat on House Intel Committee calls for review of Kushner’s security clearance

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The House Intelligence Committee’s top Democrat called for a review of Jared Kushner’s security clearance over questions of whether he was truthful about his contacts with Russia. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) spoke to ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an exclusive interview on “This Week” Sunday in the wake of revelations that Kushner, the son-in-law and …

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Trump sons met with GOP officials over political strategy

Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Family members of President Trump, including his two sons, met for hours Thursday with Republican Party officials to discuss political strategy, ABC News has learned from sources with direct knowledge of the meeting. The president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric, in addition to Eric’s wife, Lara, attended the meeting at Republican National Committee headquarters in …

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President Trump’s campaign rally for June 1 in Iowa is postponed

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A campaign rally with President Trump on June 1 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been postponed “due to an unforeseen change in President Trump’s schedule,” according to the Trump campaign team. “Stay tuned for information on a rescheduled date early next week. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused,” an email sent from the …

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Clinton addresses losing to Trump, Comey, sexism, and her thoughts on therapy in new interview

ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s been nearly seven months since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump. Now, she’s re-emerging onto the national scene to give a window into her post-election life. New York magazine released on Friday next week’s cover story, in which Clinton shares her reflections on the campaign, election night, sexism, James Comey, and …

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s security adviser, dead at 89

Mandel Ngan/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, died Friday night, his daughter has confirmed. He was 89. “My father passed away peacefully tonight,” Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” wrote on Instagram. “He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring …

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Kushner asked Russian ambassador for backchannel on Syria and other policy matters

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) — President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner talked with the Russian ambassador in December about establishing a backchannel for communications, ABC News has learned from two sources. The sources stress that the talk between Kushner and the Russian envoy about communications was focused on the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria and other policy-related …

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Report: Russian Amb. said Kushner wanted secret communications backchannel

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Russia’s U.S. ambassador said that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner wanted to set up a secret communications backchannel to communicate with Russian officials, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Kushner proposed using secure Russian diplomatic facilities to communicate with the Kremlin during the presidential transition, the Post report said, citing communications intercepted …

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