John Sununu, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, defended the Trump administration's reported attempt to set up a private line of communication with Russia during the transition period, and said these sorts of "backchannels" are commonplace.
Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has been accused by Democrats of possibly working too closely with Russia, and seeing to set up a line of communication that could not be overheard by the Obama administration. But Sununu said that happens all the time during the transition.
"When I was named chief of staff, a lot of ambassadors that were slight acquaintances tried to become good friends in that 10 weeks. It is not unusual,"
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