In a bipartisan effort to include presidential advisor Jared Kushner in the Russian probe as someone who may have “colluded” with the Russians, four judiciary senators now want to know the status of his security clearance.
According to a report in the Washington Examiner, the senators are claiming that Kushner “failed to disclose meetings he had with Russian officials during the transition period on security clearance forms,” so they’ve sent a letter to both the White House and the FBI.
After MSNBC obtained the letter, host Rachel Maddow reported on Friday that Senate Judiciary Committee members Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) were demanding “information related to Jared Kushner’s security clearance ” from the White House and the FBI.
The request comes after reports began emerging in March in which President Trump’s son-in-law was being accused of not disclosing details of his meetings with Russian officials, including Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, CEO of Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, on an FBI questionnaire.
Additional reports that Kushner was talking to Kislyak about creating “back-channel” communications between Trump’s transition team and Moscow were denied by the man himself, but the rumors persevered, despite a statement from his lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, who said that her client has no recollection of the conversations.
“Mr. Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information,” she said.
Federal officials haven’t confirmed that Kushner is supposedly being investigated as part of the special counsel’s probe into Russian election interference, but the Examiner and others are fine with reporting that information anyway, sparking some Democrat lawmakers to demand that Kushner’s security clearance be revoked.
However, the four who wrote the letter say they just want answers. They also want to know whether Trump or any other White House official intervened or overruled in “any decision” regarding Kushner’s background investigation or any other part of the security clearance process. And they want to know all of this by July 6.
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