Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

Posted June 03, 2017

As Jared Kushner comes under increasing scrutiny in the explosive Russian Federation probe of President Trump, a growing group of Democratic lawmakers want his security clearance revoked. Trump himself has also reportedly offered up his personal cell phone number to world leaders.

But making up things has been part and parcel of the Trump administration, although we wait for the details to be disclosed about how much Kushner discussed with the Russians, and it couldn't be any more than what his father-in-law disclosed.

Earlier in May, Kushner's Lawyer Jamie Gorelick said that the White House senior adviser would be willing to talk to federal investigators as well as Congress about his contacts with Russian officials and his role in Trump's election campaign.

Why did Kushner make the request of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak?

Tuesday's resignation by Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, in the midst of a rumored staff shake-up suggest the White House may see the current imbroglio as more of a messaging problem then a national security question.

It's an extraordinary step for the White House to suddenly farm out inquiries about a subject about which the president is publicly commenting on-and in this case, just hours beforehand. A top White House communications staffer has resigned as President Donald Trump considers overhauling his White House staff over frustrations that his team is struggling to contain the burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Though Democrats and Republicans were predictably split on the matter, with liberals saying that each of the five people hurt rather than help and conservatives saying the opposite, Pence fared better than the rest among both groups, with 32 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Republicans agreeing that he helps, while 48 percent of Democrats and four percent of Republicans said the opposite. He was also responsible for overseeing the message strategy of the White House.

Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December - a meeting he neglected to disclose in security clearance forms - to discuss establishing a secret backchannel between the Kremlin and President Trump's transition team, the Washington Post reported last week.

With the Trump administration enduring daily turmoil, one wonders how the president will deal with Kushner, a relative he can't throw under the bus, or can he? Kushner remained on the line as Trump and Trudeau laid out their positions, a second person familiar with the call said.

Many people wondered if the new policy would even work out given Trump's penchant to go on extensive Twitter rants.

The lawmakers outlined their concerns in a letter to White House general counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday.

For example, Trump has entertained bringing back his former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, and former deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, more formally.