An enraged group of more than 40 House Democrats is on the warpath to demand that the White House revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance.
Media reports from unnamed sources claim that the president’s son-in-law and adviser tried to set up back-channel communications with the Russian ambassador. The reports circulated last weekend, causing the Democrats to call for an investigation.
“While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance,” the group wrote in a letter to White House Counsel Dan McGahn on Wednesday.
“Jared Kushner cannot be trusted,” said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who led the group in writing the letter. “Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying.”
Those who signed the letter include House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
Trump stated on Monday that he has “total confidence” in Kushner, and noted that his son-in-law is “doing a great job for the country.”
In his statement about Kushner, Trump said, “He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”
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