Citing concerns about which contacts White House senior adviser Jared Kushner included on his security clearance forms, three Democratic senators are calling for an “immediate review.”
On July 13, Sens. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to the Director of White House Management and Office of Administration requesting that Kushner’s clearance is suspended while it is under review.
In reference to news that Kushner may have omitted some meetings with Russian nationals from his security clearance form, the senators wrote, “Such ongoing disclosures raise serious questions concerning Mr. Kushner’s suitability for continued access to classified information. Given Mr. Kushner’s pattern of delay in reporting contacts, we are deeply concerned that he may not have disclosed additional contacts with foreign individuals or had other inappropriate Russian contacts.”
This letter is just the latest liberal plea to revoke or review Kushner’s clearance.
Kushner attracted additional scrutiny when it was revealed that he attended the now-infamous July 2016 meeting with Don Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
“Given the enormity of the outstanding national security concerns regarding his conduct, Mr. Kushner should not retain access to our nation’s most critical secrets,” the senators wrote, noting that the recent revelation, coupled with a meeting he reportedly had with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, was enough to raise questions about his trustworthiness.
“We remain concerned by earlier reports — discussed in our June 21, 2017, request — about Mr. Kushner’s contacts with other Russian officials that he did not disclose when he applied for a security clearance,” the senators wrote.
“We are also troubled by the revelation that Mr. Kushner sought to establish a secretive communications channel to the Russian government using Russian diplomatic facilities during the presidential transition. It is still unclear whether he notified background investigators about this.”
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