CNN reported on Thursday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking into Kushner's many roles on both Trump's transition team and in the White House. The alleged meeting between Kislyak, Kushner and former United States presidential National Security Adviser Michael Flynn reportedly took place in New York City in December 2016. Just back from visiting the Middle East and Europe, Trump on Sunday dismissed recent reports as "fake news". He is seeking expanded teams of lawyers and experienced public relations hands.
When Raddatz compared these leaks to Trump's reportedly sharing Israeli intelligence with the Russians in an Oval Office meeting earlier this month, Kelly resisted making any comparison.
According to The Washington Post, U.S. officials who reviewed intercepts between Kislyak and Moscow saw that Kushner requested "a secret [communications] channel with Moscow rather than relying on traditional government systems".
Trump officials were preparing to establish a "war room" to address an issue that has begun to dominate his young presidency.
Democrats and critics of Mr Trump have seized on the revelations and said they are more evidence that the NY tycoon was trampling on democratic traditions.
"Just because you have a back channel, if indeed that's what Jared was after, doesn't mean that he then keeps everything secret", Kelly said on NBC's "Meet the Press".
"Any channel of communication, back or otherwise, with a country like Russian Federation is a good thing", Kelly said.
The California Democrat says it's a serious allegation to have a key Trump campaign figure seeking secret communications with a country that intelligence experts say intervened in a USA election. French President Emmanuel Macron, who met with Trump in Brussels, also said he had pressed the issue with the USA president, though the White House did not mention that appeal in a summary of their meeting. "You have to ask, well, who are they hiding the conversation from?" he said on ABC.
"I'm devastated. It don't seem like it's real", Mitchell said outside his yellow frame house, in a community of modest houses, trailer homes and small churches set among thick woods.
Schiff added that he was disappointed that McMaster defended Kushner and said "this is an administration that takes in people with good credibility and chews them out and spits out their credibility at the same time". "I think it's darn close to treason", Kelly said.
This could include, as the Washington Post reported, a smaller role for press secretary Sean Spicer, more campaign-style rallies - although an event scheduled for Iowa on Thursday was canceled this weekend - and perhaps the return of Corey Lewandowski, who was sacked as Trump's campaign manager a year ago.