House intel Dem would review Kushner's clearance

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Schiff was asked about recent reports that Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump and his son-in-law, considered setting up a communications line between the White House and Russian Federation during the transition. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US, about creating the secret line to make it easier to hold sensitive discussions about the conflict in Syria, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, said this person, who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Russia, a key player in Syria, has backed Syrian president Bashar Assad, often at the expense of civilians during a long civil war.

The White House did not acknowledge the meeting with the Russian ambassador or Mr Kushner's attendance until March.

Trump, meanwhile, resumed his Twitter postings from the White House on Sunday and dismissed any story based on anonymous sources.

Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news".

"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", he wrote the morning after his return home.

"You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversations from?"

- Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke exclusively to ABC News' Martha Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday about his concerns with Kusher, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor. "There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, where he was candid" about his Russian Federation contacts.

"If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said.

Trump was meeting with attorneys at the White House on Sunday, presumably over the latest development in the long-running Russian Federation intelligence saga, news reports said. The American intelligence community has already confirmed there was Russian intervention during the U.S. elections in favor of the Republican candidate.

The latest reports in the Russian Federation matter said Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the United States about setting up secret communications with Moscow during the presidential transition. Flynn was sacked in February, officials saying he misled Vice President Mike Pence about whether he and the ambassador had discussed US sanctions against Russian Federation in a phone call.

Schiff also said that even if the topic of Kushner's secret communication was about how best to resolve the years-long conflict in Syria, that doesn't mitigate the situation because Russia's objectives are different from those of the USA - especially given the intelligence on Russia's interference in the election.

Regarding Kushner, former FBI agent Jim Treacy said Friday: "If there is an investigation on anybody, would other folks around that person be of interest to the FBI as far as being interviewed?"

The news website Politico called Kushner the White House's " lead distraction" following what is being seen as Trump's mostly successful first foreign trip, which featured a stopover in Israel.

Kushner has made it clear he's willing to answer any questions about the matter, Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.