Jared Kushner, seen but not heard

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In other words, while the positions are unfilled, they are not vacant and are nearly always occupied by career people who are chosen by the president from a narrowly-defined pool of individuals, while the president's nominee is vetted by the Senate. And frankly, it's mystifying that the VEB formulation seems more plausible than the one advanced by Kushner. Perhaps there is a reasonable explanation, but so far, it's not been forthcoming from the White House, and that's distressing. This happened after a number of media houses reported news linked to Jared Kushner, his close adviser and also his son-in-law.

A security analyst who worked at the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years said yesterday it was "hard to believe" the President had no knowledge of his son-in-law's actions. He also met with the Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, with the greater possibility of a direct link to President Putin. During Trump's presidential campaign, Ephsteyn served as a senior adviser to Trump.

The White House should "immediately" revoke Kushner's clearance pending the conclusion of the FBI's Russian Federation probe that has reportedly zeroed in on Kushner, the lawmakers wrote in a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Washington. For a guy who had multiple meetings with Russians (one with the CEO of a sanctioned bank and one about setting up a secret channel), Kushner's failure to report his contacts begins to look less like absent-mindedness and more like evasion.

Trump hired Kasowitz last week to lead a legal team focused on steering the President through the various investigations into Russia's election meddling.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Epshteyn said that he did not know anything about Russia's alleged attempt to meddle in the U.S. election.

The Democratic lawmakers' letter asked if Kushner Companies had engaged in any lobbying related to EB-5 program reforms or discussed the program with Kushner since Trump took office in January.

Dubke's hiring had been meant to lighten the load on Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, who had also been handling the duties of communications director during Trump's first month in office.

According to administration officials, the president plans to bring in new aides to the White House, adding experienced political professionals including Trump's former campaign manager.

First and foremost, President Donald Trump changes his views frequently, and sometimes dramatically, said Hagle.

Co-host Brian Kilmeade prompted Conway to explain whether it was the Russians or Kushner who proposed the secret communications.