ABC’s Jonathan Karl: Kushner Under Pressure to Take Hiatus From White House

PAM KEY

On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said the reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner attempted to set up a back channel with Russia is causing administration officials close to the president to push for Kushner to take a leave of absence.

“You know, he’s been a Trump critic for a long time, General Hayden, but he’s former head of the NSA, former head of the CIA,” Karl said. “Few people alive today know the intelligence world better than Michael Hayden. So make no mistake, when you hear those words from him, you know that those are views that are reflected by senior people currently in the intelligence community. The bigger question, though, Martha, is what about Jared Kushner’s role?”

“As you mentioned at the top of the show, there is no adviser closer to the president — his office goes — opens right into the Oval Office,” he continued. “He has taken on a portfolio bigger than anybody in the West Wing. And you see — you hear people now very close to the president openly saying that it is too much, that he now finds himself at the center of this investigation, even if he is ultimately completely cleared, he is at the center of this investigation right now. And you hear people close to the president quietly saying, is it too much and is it time for Jared to take a step back, maybe even take a leave of office — leave of absence from the White House.”

(h/t The Hill)

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