Appearing with CNN’s Erin Burnett, a Democratic House Judiciary Committee member lashed out at White House adviser Jared Kushner for using an unsecured app that eliminates messages — saying it was reminiscent of reports that Kushner tried to set up a secret back-channel with the Kremlin after the 2016 election.
Asked about the latest report, which Kushner’s own lawyer confirmed, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) called the news very concerning and suspicious.
“This is very likely a violation of the Presidential Records Act,” Cicilline explained. “We should remember Jared Kushner was alleged to have attempted to set up a back-channel communications with the Russians during the transition, if you remember that reporting.”
“Both Jared and Ivanka [Trump] were denied — or serious questions were raised — by intelligence and law enforcement about their security clearance. The president overruled those objections and directed they be given and then lied about it.”
“This is very concerning — not only is it potentially a violation of the Records Act but also raises questions what is he communicating about, and why does it need to be kept a secret?” he continued. “What are these communications about, and why is he concerned they not be shared in normal communication channels? The Oversight Committee has to figure out what’s going on and make sure this practice ends and make sure the national security of the united states has not been compromised in this process.”
Watch the video below:
Watch CNN’s Jake Tapper humiliate Mike Pence with audio of Trump refusing to endorse him as the 2024 GOP nominee
CNN host Jake Tapper concluded his extensive interview with Mike Pence on Sunday morning by playing audio of an interview Donald Trump recently gave where the president refused to endorse the vice president as the GOP candidate in 2024.
In the Fox News audio Trump is asked, "If Mike Pence runs for president in 2024, does he have your automatic endorsement?"
"Well, it is far too -- look, I love Mike, we're running again," Trump is heard replying. "But you're talking about a long time. So you can't put me in that position, but I certainly would give it very strong consideration."
Devout Christian Mike Pence defends withholding soap from imprisoned children: It’s the Democrats’ fault
Children in immigrant detention centers are reportedly going without basic supplies like soap and toothbrushes but Vice President Mike Pence insisted on Sunday that it's the fault of Congress.
During an interview on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked the vice president to "talk about the kids" who have been detained for crossing the border.
"Last week, legal advocates reported there are horrific conditions for children at the border," Tapper said, pointing to reports that say children have gone without soap, toothbrushes and other items needed for basic hygiene.
CNN’s Jake Tapper confronts Mike Pence with defense official calling Trump a liar over aborted Iran attack excuses
In a rare appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Vice President Mike Pence was grilled by host Jake Tapper over Donald Trump's claim that the Pentagon was tardy with presenting him with casualty estimates regarding a military attack that was aborted at the last minute.
As Tapper asked Pence about the presidential claim, he noted that a Defense Department insider called the president's public pronouncement about why he allowed the military operation to proceed so far before aborting nonsensical.
"You said President Trump got that information late in the process and that confusing to me defense official I spoke to who said, any time military options are presented to the president, the potential casualty assessment, the battle assessment is one of the first things that the president would be told," Tapper began.