Adam Schiff

As White House defends Kushner, experts question his back-channel move

As White House defends Kushner, experts question his back-channel move

The Trump administration argued over the weekend that back-channel communications are acceptable in building dialogue with foreign governments, part of an effort to minimize fallout over White House adviser Jared Kushner's reported discussion about creating a secret conduit to the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic compound.

But some former administration officials on Sunday criticized the use of such secret channels, especially during a presidential transition, saying they could send a confusing message and be manipulated by a foreign power.

Democrats raised new concerns about Kushner. And the top-ranking Democrat on the House committee investigating potential collusion...

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