Jared Kushner discussed setting up secret communications with Russian ambassador

The U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russian Federation worked to hurt Clinton and help Trump during the 2016 election, in part by stealing documents and emails from the Democratic Party and from Clinton's campaign chairman and then releasing embarrassing ones on a near daily basis in the final weeks of the campaign through WikiLeaks. His lawyer later said it was a mistake, telling Federal Bureau of Investigation that he would amend the forms.

Testimony continues on Capitol Hill with multiple congressional probes digging into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russian Federation, plus an ongoing FBI investigation.

Down to the final day of his lengthy first global trip, President Donald Trump will lift off for Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, returning to a White House that sits under a cloud of scandal.

On Friday, there were more negative headlines for the Trump administration, as The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a senior adviser, had sought to establish a secret back channel enabling the White House to communicate with Russian Federation and evade scrutiny from us officials and lawmakers.

Donald Jr (left) and Eric Trump have reportedly attended a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The revelation, if confirmed, would raise new questions about the Trump team's relationship with the Russians, who USA intelligence agencies say tried to sway the November election in Trump's favor and thus deny Hillary Clinton the presidency.

The White House disclosed the meeting between the Trump aides and Kislyak in March and played down its significance.

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"We intend to release them by June 1", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in an email to CNN.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said six of the G-7 nations - Italy, Britain, France, Germany, Canada and Japan - confirmed "our commitment and our determination" to the Paris pact.

The two US officials sought to accentuate areas of agreement amid the many differences between Trump and European allies on the final day of the Group of Seven summit in Sicily. Less than two weeks later, Kushner backed off the idea of the communications channel when Trump announced Rex Tillerson, a former chief executive of Exxon Mobil who had worked closely with Russian officials on energy deals, as his choice to become secretary of state.

Michael Flynn, Mr Trump's first national security adviser, also allegedly attended the meeting.

The Post said Kislyak reportedly was taken aback by the idea of having an American use Russian communications equipment at one of its facilities because it could have involved security risks for both Americans and Russians.

The president also said he needs to continue to discuss climate change with leaders before making a decision whether to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris Accord aimed at curbing global carbon emissions.

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, told Congress this month that that deception left Mr Flynn vulnerable to being blackmailed by the Russians.

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The FBI declined to comment on Mr Kushner's involvement in the investigation, while the Russian embassy said it was policy not to comment on individual diplomatic contacts.

Current and former American officials said Kushner's activities, like those of many others around Trump, are under scrutiny as part of the investigation. "The answer to that is a big yes".

This person says the administration felt there was no need for a back channel once Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was confirmed, and the Trump team chose to communicate with Moscow through more official channels.

McMaster and Cohn are declining to comment on new revelations about Kushner communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak.

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings. He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", his legal team said in a statement.

The White House is preparing to post to its website information about waivers it has granted to ex-lobbyists working in the president's office. Generally speaking, he said, such back-channels can have value in diplomacy.

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