Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) tried to corner the DHS Secretary on back-channels. Kelly was having none of it.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly called out Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) over his attempt to trap Kelly into criticizing the Trump administration during a Senate Homeland Security hearing on Tuesday.
“Let me tell you something,” Kelly said, after Tester started presenting hypothetical questions to him, “as a senator of the great state of Montana and a member of these committees, this is BS what you’re doing and you better stop it.”
Tester had tried to ask Kelly if it would be inappropriate for Tester to travel to the Russian embassy and try to establish a back-channel to Moscow, prompting that response.
Kelly said that those paying attention to the Russia investigation should work under the assumption that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner “is a great American.”
Tester asked whether we should verify that assumption. “Nobody’s doing that,” he told Kelly.
“There’s numerous investigations that are looking into this,” Kelly responded.
Kelly had previously defended the process of back-channeling as “normal” and “acceptable.”
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