US President Donald Trump accuses media of fabricating news

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In what appeared to be a reference to the news the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into meetings held between Russian figures and Kushner, Trump wrote in a series of tweets: "It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media".

Franken told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday that Kushner did not disclose many of his contacts with the Russians when getting his White House security clearance, something Franken believes is "against the law" and "very unusual".

"The FBI's investigation reached Trump's backyard and now it's in his house", the DNC said in a statement shared on social media.

On Friday, a White House official said, Kushner was back in his West Wing office and had a working lunch with chief of staff Reince Priebus to recap the trip.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", said he would not confirm the stories about Kushner's conversations, but added that he was "very concerned" about reports of the Trump administration approaching Russian Federation "from a theoretical standpoint".

The latest reports hit close to the Oval Office, alleging that Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner proposed secret back-channel communications with Russian Federation during the presidential transition. During his first press briefing in 15 days, Spicer cited a retweet by incoming New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher to illustrate an example of "fake news" to CNN's Jim Acosta. You can backpack and back-channel all you want.

"It's both normal in my opinion and acceptable", he told ABC News on Sunday.

"Any way that you can communicate with people, particularly organisations that are maybe not particularly friendly to us, is a good thing".

US President Donald Trump has accused media outlets of "fabricating" much of the news they publish about the White House and inventing anonymous sources on which the reports are ostensibly based.

U.S. Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said such secret channels may be used in situations including peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan or for the release of American hostages.

He floated the idea of using USA -based Russian diplomatic facilities to avoid monitoring by the US government.

"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said. "Kushner's security clearance should be suspended until the FBI's findings are complete".

"I'll ask Sean to cover that later", McMaster said. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, noted that Kushner has been willing to answer questions.

Though he had not seen evidence of collusion when he stepped down on January 20, Clapper said all the signs made an FBI investigation not only appropriate but necessary. They're staying put but have previously told friends they will continue to evaluate and reassess whether they plan to stay in Washington.