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US President Donald Trump says he has "total confidence" in his embattled senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, following reports Kushner tried to set up a secret channel of communications with Russian Federation before Trump took office.

President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff. Kushner, Trump added, is "respected by virtually everyone" and "is a very good person".

Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka, discussed the possibility of setting up secure line of communication with Russia in a meeting with Moscow's ambassador Sergey Kisylak on December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower, according to reports citing intercepts of Russian communications analyzed by US officials.

Franken said he believes Kushner may have broken the law by failing to disclose his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the spy-turned-chairman of Russian state development bank VEB Sergei Gorkov. The idea of backchannel communications with Russian Federation, said Homeland Security secretary John Kelly on Sunday, would be "both normal...and acceptable" and even a "good thing".

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Mr Trump described news reports based on White House leaks as "fabricated lies made up by #FakeNews media".

Mr Trump immediately sought to dismiss recent news reports as "fake news".

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on ABC Sunday that Kushner should appear before the committee and that his security clearance needs to be reviewed.

The communications channel was never set up, the people said.

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Earlier this month, Trump fired the FBI director, James Comey, who was overseeing that investigation. Graham said. "I mean, it makes no sense that the Russian ambassador would report back to Moscow on an open channel that he most likely knows we're monitoring".

The talks would have taken place before Mr Trump assumed the presidency, when Mr Kushner was a private citizen.

Last week, the Arizona lawmaker said investigations into allegations of ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation were reaching "Watergate size and scale". Administration officials have also pointed to a line in the Post's report that "Russia at times feeds false information into communication streams it suspects are monitored as a way of sowing misinformation and confusion among USA analysts".

In another tweet, he posted: "Whenever you see the words "sources say" in the fake news media, and they don't mention names it is very possible that those sources don't exist but are made up by fake news writers".

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