Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged attempt of the top of the White House advisor Jared Kushner for creating back-channel communication with Russia.

Kushner is the President and Donald Trump’s son-in-law.

Speaking on Sunday news shows, Kelly says he doesn’t know or reports by The Associated Press and other news sites on the internet, are true. But he describes these efforts to communicate as “a good thing.”

Congressional Democrats are demanding to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed a secret back-channel. They say his declaration of no objection should be withdrawn.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is congressman Adam Schiff of California. He says that the “course was about” as an important Trump campaign figure was probably looking for secret communications with Russia.

Intelligence experts say that Russia meddled in the election.

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