Morell said he "is much more interested" in finding out whether Trump associates said to Russian officials before the election than after.
Last week, The Post and The Times reported that Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, proposed setting up a secret communications line with the Kremlin during a meeting in early December at Trump Tower. Asked several other questions tied to the Russian Federation investigations, Spicer repeated, verbatim - with glances down at the sheet of paper on the podium where it was written - the line about all matters being referred to Trump's personal lawyer.
Given Dubke's anonymity, it's not terribly surprising that the reaction to his departure as White House communications director - which was announced Tuesday morning - was a universal "meh".
The media's persistence on the issue came a day after a press call with senior administration officials on the Paris Agreement, in which members of the press were told that asking about the president's personal views on climate change was off topic.
Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, has said that ties between the two countries were held hostage to political infighting in Washington, however, adding there was hope for improvement.
"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings", Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, said in a statement last week. A White House official said Kushner is working this week to try to exploit momentum from the visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel, where Trump sought to lay groundwork for new peace talks between the Jewish State and Palestinians. Dubke confirmed the reports.
Trump then shared secret intelligence about ISIS plans with these Russians!
"I do not comment on my daily contacts, this is our policy and it applies not only to talks with Kushner but also to all our day-to-day negotiations", he said.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer started the week dogged by rumors that he was about to be demoted or fired.
When Spicer was asked to comment on the ongoing Russian Federation probe, he said this: "I can not, and as I've mentioned the other day that we're focused on the President's agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz". According to this source, neither of Kushner's meetings - with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov - were about sanctions, which Russian banks have been lobbying against since they were imposed in 2014.
May 29, 2017 - Reports emerge that the FBI is closely scrutinizing Kushner-Gorkov meeting: The FBI is scrutinizing the meetings Kushner held with Kislyak and a follow up meeting with Gorkov, said a U.S. official. The pitch played off the Kushner family's relationship to Trump and brought up immigration, which are two no-nos for the president, according to the newspaper.