Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner taking 'heads down' approach


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 a year ago.

"I'm wondering, Sean, if you could tell us when the president knew - whether the President knew at the time that Jared Kushner was seeking to establish back-channel communications at the Russian Embassy to the Russian government?" "He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars", he said.

"And you hear people now, very close to the president, openly saying that it is too much, that he now finds himself at the centre of this investigation, even if he is ultimately completely cleared, he is at the centre of this investigation right now".

Kushner, according to several news accounts, sought to create the secret communications link with Moscow as he met with the Kremlin's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, early last December.

It's a well-known fact that Donald Trump prefers not to be involved in controversies that could affect his new job as President, or his family. Some also questioned whether his security clearance needs to be revoked.

In February, Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other White House officials about his own conversations with Kislyak.

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Reports about alleged contacts between Trump's aides and Russian officials during last year's presidential campaign coincided with accusations by United States intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to boost Trump's chances of defeating his presidential rival Hillary Clinton through computer hacking and propaganda.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee cited a Reuters report in calling for an investigation into "potentially fraudulent statements and misrepresentations" in marketing materials for a Kushner Companies real estate project, which suggested investors might be able to obtain U.S. green cards.

"He has expressed his desire to leave the White House", she said.

Trump attacked the news media on Twitter, and the administration dispatched a retired four-star Marine general - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly - to defend Kushner on the Sunday news talk shows.

News of the discussion was first reported by The Washington Post.