House Democrats Target Jared Kushner, Demand Details of Security Clearance

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House Democrats announced plans Wednesday to target President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner by investigating details of his security clearance.

The new Democrat House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings sent a letter to White House lawyers demanding more details about Kushner’s security clearance as well as other former members of the Trump administration.

“The White House did not provide information about its failure to suspend the security clearance of Senior Adviser to the President, Jared Kushner after Mr. Kushner failed to disclose his own meetings and conversations with Russian officials — and allowed other White House officials, and the American people, to be misled about his communications,” the letter read.

The newly opened investigation is the first step by Democrats to fulfill their campaign promises to fully investigate the president and his staff.

Kushner’s security clearance was downgraded by then-Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly in February 2018, before it was restored in May of that same year.

Cummings also demanded details for the security clearance process for National Security Adviser John Bolton and several former Trump officials, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Staff Secretary Rob Porter, former body man John McEntee, Former Deputy Assistant to the President Sebastian Gorka, and former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland.

Cummings expressed concerns that the Trump administration had “disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information.”

The letter cites the newly implemented SECRET act — a security clearance reform bill passed by Congress in 2018. At the time, Trump said in a statement that the administration would reserve the right to keep those details private.

“I have stressed that the national security of the United States depends on a rigorous security clearance process,” the statement read. “As the Supreme Court has acknowledged, however, the Constitution vests in the president the authority to classify information relating to the national security and to control access to such information.”

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