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'the regular course of business'

Kellyanne Conway insists there's nothing wrong with Jared Kushner's secret Russia communications

Back channel communications are just "the regular course of business," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox & Friends in an interview Tuesday, as she defended President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. The Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner talked to Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak about setting up a secret back channel for communications between Russia and Trump's transition team, an arrangement that former U.S. national security officials said would be "out of the norm" and potentially "illegal," Politico reported.

Conway argued otherwise, noting the administration's senior military advisers have said they're "not concerned." "And that's really all that we know," she said. "And I think it's very important to recognize that the president has expressed full confidence in Jared Kushner and also went on to note the considerable progress and very large important portfolio that Jared oversees here at the White House."

Catch Conway's defense below. Becca Stanek