"All of these lines of communication are a positive thing, in my opinion".
The Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, has requested information and documents from Trump's campaign dating back to July 2015, the AP and other news outlets confirmed.
Kelly told "Fox News Sunday" there was nothing wrong with the Trump transition team trying to build relationships with the Russians as they prepared to take over the White House.
On Friday, the newspaper reported that Trump's adviser had allegedly discussed with Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak the possibility of establishing a communication channel between the USA administration and the Kremlin.
In a separate interview on NBC's "Meet the Press", Kelly defended the integrity of Kushner, whose involvement in communications with Russian Federation has brought the investigation closer than ever to Trump personally.
"He's a great guy, decent guy". "They reached out to us yesterday to make sure that we knew that was the case and I'm sure he's willing to do so", Corker said on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.
According to news reports published while Trump was away on his trip, Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed discussions with the Russian ambassador about opening a secret back channel of communications to avoid monitoring by United States communications systems. I want to get to the bottom of it.
Kelly said the leaks were "outrageous".
Soon, Trump had fired off a message of his own on the subject. "Gave me full details!"
Separately, there were at least 18 undisclosed calls and emails between Trump associates and Kremlin-linked people in the seven months before the 8 November presidential election, including six calls with Kislyak, sources told Reuters earlier this month.
Trump struck back Sunday, after maintaining a limited social media presence throughout his nine-day trip.
Trump then criticized the media's use of unnamed sources saying that it was "possible that those sources don't exist". "#FakeNews is the enemy!"
The president woke up to find headlines and television talk shows focused on the latest turns in inquiries that he had been able to put aside for much of his trip. The White House cancelled a presidential trip to Iowa in the coming days and was putting together a damage-control plan to expand the President's legal team, reorganise his communications staff and wall off a scandal that has jeopardised his agenda and now threatens to engulf his family.
The new turn in the conflict between the fascistic president and his cabinet of oligarchs and generals, on the one side, and state forces opposed to Trump's supposed "softness" toward Russian Federation, on the other, comes the same week that the White House released a budget proposal calling for $1.7 trillion in social cuts, including the virtual destruction of Medicaid, the government health program for the poor. The morning after he returned from the 9-day long visit to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, The Vatican, Belgium and Germany, Trump broke his silence in his favourite way: On Twitter.
"It is my opinion that numerous leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media", the president said in a series of tweets Sunday morning.
If Trump continued his television-watching habit Sunday, it was unlikely that his mood improved.
Appearing on ABC This Week today was Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee who had a very different view of Kushner's communications with Russian Federation. Kushner spoke with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the USA, 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.
"You consider it in terms of its reliability", Kelly said.
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.
"My dashboard warning light was clearly on", he said on "Meet the Press".
"The bottom line is they need fresh legs; they need more legs", said Mr. Barry Bennett, who served as a political adviser to Mr Trump during the general election campaign a year ago. On that topic, Trump tweeted Sunday night: "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere".
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was skeptical of the back-channel story because he did not trust Russian officials.
Schiff was particularly concerned about a Washington Post report that the back channel would have been conducted at a Russian diplomatic facility to avoid monitoring in U.S. communications systems. "The whole storyline is suspicious". These actions were roundly condemned by media outlets that have been leading the attack on the Trump White House, particularly the New York Times and the Washington Post.