Spicer refers Russia-related queries to Trump's private lawyer

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He is also purportedly under scrutiny in the FBI's ongoing investigation of potential collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign.

But a day later, during a briefing that lasted just under 12 minutes, Spicer signaled that the White House has made a decision to let President Donald Trump's private lawyers field those inquiries.

Trump has repeatedly and angrily insisted that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, and has decried reports about the matter as false. He chafes at reports suggesting Trump is planning to shake up the communications team because he isn't satisfied with Spicer's performance.

Morell said he "is much more interested" in finding out whether Trump associates said to Russian officials before the election than after.

Reports are now that the White House has assembled a team to operate with a war room strategy in pushing back on allegations surrounding Russian Federation. "He's always proven that". Now there's a communication shake up at the White House, and it started yesterday morning, on Tuesday morning. It was also criticized for an interview with CNN in which he said that Russia did not annex Crimea as well as for supportive statements about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Informal diplomacy has been used by many, if not all, presidents. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in American government".

Lewandowski tells "Fox & Friends" that he wants to help promote Trump's agenda whether he's inside the White House or not.

Lewandowski did not say if he has been contacted by Trump or anyone on his staff about returning.

"We all need to be careful not to draw overarching conclusions from one data point...or, even more importantly, we need to be careful that we don't over-connect the dots", said Morell. "In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person".

The latest revelations to emerge last week involved Trump's son-in-law and top aide, Jared Kushner.

All questions about the ongoing investigation pertaining to Trump team's contacts with Russian officials will reportedly be referred to Trump's lawyer. More attorneys with deep experience in Washington investigations are expected to be added in the weeks ahead. McCain is now among those raising concerns about Kushner's proposed back-channel talks. "What did the president mean?" one reporter asked.

The first one was Gen. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's National Security Adviser. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss private policy deliberations and insisted on anonymity.

Gergen went on to describe how Kushner's influence in the White House seems to have weakened.

The story was sourced from "U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports".

"Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about these meetings".

All the officials demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal the conversations. His last day has not yet been determined.

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