House Democrats are questioning whether White House adviser Ivanka Trump omitted information from her application for security clearance regarding her husband Jared Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials.
The lawmakers are requesting an FBI review of the matter.
Applicants are required to disclose if they, or any member of their immediate family, during the past seven years had contact with a foreign government or its representatives.
Deliberate omission of facts carries a penalty of five years imprisonment.
Led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), a group of 22 Democrat lawmakers wrote in a letter to the FBI, “Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, has been a significant issue for the Trump administration.”
The Democrats sent the letter following reports that Ivanka Trump’s brother, Donald Trump Jr., and now-White House adviser Jared Kushner met with a Russian lawyer last June in an effort to obtain opposition research on Hillary Clinton.
According to an intermediary who arranged the meeting, the information offered represented the Russian government’s support for then-candidate Donald Trump.
A May report in The Washington Post noted that Kushner met with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to Washington, to address the possibility of establishing a back channel for communications between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.
Kushner has updated his original application for security clearance, itemizing contacts with foreign officials, including more than 100 calls or meetings which largely occurred during the time of the Trump transition.
“We are concerned that Ivanka Trump may have engaged in similar deception,” the letter from the Democratic lawmakers read. “The high standard to which we hold public servants, particularly senior advisers to the President of the United States, requires that these questions be raised, and promptly answered.”
Following the revelation of Kushner’s meeting with Kislyak to arrange a communications back channel, Beyer and several senators called for the revocation of Kushner’s security clearance.
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