'Kushner more than willing to answer Russia-related questions'

When asked if he was sure Russian Federation meddled in the election, Clapper responded: "Absolutely".

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that numerous leaks from the White House were "fake news", following reports his son-in-law tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Moscow before Trump took office.

Trump administration officials have said they are considering rolling back the sanctions, which limit America's financing to six of Russia's biggest banks, including Vnesheconombank. He resigned May 18 but offered to stay on until the end of Trump's first foreign trip as president, ABC News has learned. He's not a Trump loyalist and did not work for the campaign.

"I know Jared. He's a great guy, decent guy", Kelly told NBC News' "Meet the Press". "I have total confidence in him", he said in the statement to the New York Times. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person", Trump said.

The 36-year-old Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, is a real estate developer with no previous government experience.

The departure of Michael Dubke, Trump's communications director, comes as aides and outside advisers say Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between his campaign and Moscow.

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The reports began unfolding after reports late Thursday that said Kushner had been named as a focus in a probe of Russian interference in the USA election last fall.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., who serves on the House Oversight Committee, said that "the issue is not simply that Mr. Kushner wanted a communication backchannel. I'd let him speak for himself when the time is right".

The Monday Fox News report, which Trump retweeted on Tuesday, laid blame on the Russians rather than Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, for discussing the possibility of a communications back channel between the Trump administration and Moscow.

Spicer, in his first White House briefing since the president returned from his foreign trip, refused to comment on something that is "not a confirmed action", despite Mr. Trump's retweet of the Fox article, which was based on an anonymous source.

Trump spent Sunday meeting with attorneys at the White House, presumably to set strategy for dealing with the Russian Federation investigation that has largely sidetracked his legislative agenda.

Trump did not come out directly and defend Kushner, but decried what he called the "fake news media" in a series of tweets earlier Sunday.

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