House Democrats are calling for President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner to have his security clearance revoked due to his alleged connections with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and the Russian state-owned bank, Vnesheconombank.
An ongoing investigation is being conducted on President Trump and his aides over alleged contacts with Russian government officials during the 2016 campaign. Kushner is apparently under the same microscope due to not informing U.S. officials about his previous contact with Kislyak and the bank.
“We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception,” wrote Rep. Don Beyer and four other Democrats in a letter regarding their concerns of Kushner’s holding a security clearance.
Beyer and Reps. Ted Lieu, Jamie Raskin, Jerry Nadler, and Peter Welch also penned the following:
“Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration’s recently uncovered covert dealing with Russian government and intelligence officials, we are requesting that Mr. Kushner’s intern top-secret security clearance be suspended pending a review of Mr. Kushner’s compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances.”
Kushner’s lawyer claims the application for security clearance his client filled out, detailing every single encounter with a foreign government official over the last seven years, was submitted prematurely.
As of now, Kushner will retain his security clearance and will be providing additional information to the FBI.
H/T: The Hill
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