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Entralgo writes: "House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a number of House Democrats gave a press conference Friday calling for Jared Kushner's security clearance to be 'revoked immediately' given past and recent revelations of his contacts with foreign nationals."

Jared Kushner. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Jared Kushner. (photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


In Congress, Growing Calls to Revoke Jared Kushner's Security Clearance

By Rebekah Entralgo, ThinkProgress

15 July 17


House Democrats are not backing down.

ouse Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a number of House Democrats gave a press conference Friday calling for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be “revoked immediately” given past and recent revelations of his contacts with foreign nationals.

Pelosi joins a growing number Democrats in Congress including Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.,) Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH.,) Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA.) who have vocalized their support for rescinding Kushner’s security clearance.

“It is absolutely ridiculous…the president can revoke that privilege at any moment,” said Pelosi. “And he should.”

Pelosi described Republicans in the House as “enablers” of constitutional violations. On Thursday, House Republicans blocked a proposed amendment by Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) in a House Appropriations Committee markup session that was aimed at revoking Kushner’s security clearance. The measure would have prohibited the government from issuing or maintaining clearances to any White House individual “under a criminal investigation by a Federal law enforcement agency for aiding a foreign government.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee also called for Kushner’s security clearance to be reviewed and possibly revoked, in light of the “deeply disturbing” reports that Kushner met with an alleged former Soviet counterintelligence officer in a June 2016 arranged by Donald Trump Jr.

Concern over Jared Kushner’s security clearance are not new. In April, The New York Times revealed that Kushner had omitted dozens of meetings on his disclosure form, including a December meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The Kislyack meeting would later be the chief reason why former national security adviser retired Lt. General Michael Flynn would be fired from the administration after misleading Vice President Mike Pence on his contacts with the ambassador.

The same month Kushner met with Kislyack, he had another meeting he failed to disclose, this time, with Sergey Gorkov, president of a Russian state-run Vnesheconombank. The bank is currently under United States sanctions after Moscow annexed Crimea. At the time Kushner took the meeting, he was searching for investors to help finance a building on Fifth Avenue.

(photo: ThinkProgress)

Scrutiny of the June 2016 meeting, which has centered around Trump Jr., could ultimately be much more damaging to Kushner.

After the election, Jared Kushner went on to work in the White House, while Trump Jr. returned to the Trump Organization. Kushner is in continuous contact with the country’s most sensitive national security issues. SF-86 forms are required to be 100% accurate. Kushner’s lawyers have claimed that staff members prematurely hit “send” on the clearance form before it was completed. He is currently operating under an interim clearance as he gathers information for the F.B.I in order to seek top-secret clearance. The higher clearance would give Kushner even more access to classified, sensitive information.

Kushner has updated his security clearance forms three now, adding more than 100 names. His lawyers discovered and amended his clearance to include the meeting discovered in the emails a few weeks ago. Kushner’s actions have the potential to set a dangerous precedent, allowing individuals with murky pasts to work in the White House.

Within the next couple of weeks Kushner is expected to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee as it continues it’s investigation into Russian intervention in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-16 06:10
Maybe these members of congress should use their time doing something useful. There are several million people who have security clearances from the US government. I'm sure at least 50% of them should lose their security clearances. Kushner is certainly one.

But this is just a silly attempt to grab a headline. The Demos only show their weakness when they get behind such weak measures.

Why not get behind Tulsi Gabbard's bill to stop funding terrorists around the world?

Why not move the number of House democrats who support single payer up from 104 to all 240 of them?

Why not defund the GWOT. That is the only way to stop it. Demos should refuse to vote for anything until the war is defunded.


The democrats in the House should act like leaders of the house. Stop playing small-ball. Talk about the big issues that are paralyzing the Us.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-16 11:58
A new ABC/WaPo poll asked people what the Democrats stand for. 52% say they only care about going after Trump.

Yesterday Bob Woodward was on a CNN panel and while everyone around the table was going on about Russia, Woodward was repeatedly saying, 'Well that hasn't been proven', 'We don't know that for sure yet', etc. and the others -- instead of taking the advice -- were arguing with him.

Today Carl Bernstein is saying that it's almost impossible to maintain 'fact-based' journalism in the cable news environment. 'It's a different media universe,' he said. 'We just lob accusations back and forth.'
 
 
-1 # librarian1984 2017-07-16 15:30
I didn't complete that thought -- had to make breakfast!

For people who think that Russiagate is like Watergate .. maybe it is .. we'll see .. but here's Woodward and Bernstein both lamenting the level of 'journalism' we're seeing.

It's very clear everyone wants to see Trump gone, at least those who haven't thought about what a Pence presidency would look like.

Mike Allen, Axios: '(Congress) all want Pence in there -- you KNOW they do!'

But long after Trump is gone we are going to have this msm that has failed so miserably -- and they're not alone. WE are enabling them too, when we don't demand anything better.

It's already an uphill battle when six corporations own 90% of the media -- and they're trying to take out the other 10%. We need to watchdog them, not fall for all this bs, get informed from other sources, and fight for net neutrality. If you haven't gone to FCC.com to comment, you should, soon. This is going on right now.

One analyst (who knows what that means anymore) said that the Democrats are completely irrelevant as a party right now -- that it's the media that's acting as Trump's opponent -- while the Democrats flail and fail. I assume the guy is a conservative, but that doesn't make him wrong. It's an interesting idea.

When I see so many rabid about Trump, interested in little else, that tells me that when he's gone those people are going back to sleep.

Fine. The progressives are hard at work, even now.
 
 
0 # MikeAF48 2017-07-16 09:19
What a empty sad America the 2016 election has turned out, for all Americans and such a young country America is.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-07-16 11:02
"and such a young country America is."

I don't understand why you say America is young. It is the oldest still existing empire and military dictatorship. Compared to most governments, the Washington regime is a fossil, frozen in its corruption and addiction to violence, racism, and war.
 
 
0 # angelfish 2017-07-16 16:42
WHY does anyone have to "call" for Jared Kushner's Security clearance to be revoked? He has violated the sacred Trust that he swore to uphold on obtaining it, having lied to obtain it and defecating on it as he colluded with Agents of a foreign Government. If he was ANYONE other than Trump's Son-in-Law, he'd have been TOAST by now. WHY is he STILL allowed to have it and why does he have ANYTHING more to do with our government?
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2017-07-17 08:55
Quoting angelfish:
If he was ANYONE other than Trump's Son-in-Law, he'd have been TOAST by now.

What makes you think that? Politicians are rarely held accountable, any of them. The rich are rarely held accountable. The Clintons got away with tons o' shi!te. The Bushes did. Affluenza kid. We have three systems of justice in the US: one for the wealthy, one for minorities, and one for the rest of us.
 
 
0 # angelfish 2017-07-17 19:24
Quoting librarian1984:
Quoting angelfish:
If he was ANYONE other than Trump's Son-in-Law, he'd have been TOAST by now.

What makes you think that? Politicians are rarely held accountable, any of them. The rich are rarely held accountable. The Clintons got away with tons o' shi!te. The Bushes did. Affluenza kid. We have three systems of justice in the US: one for the wealthy, one for minorities, and one for the rest of us.

Well then, it's up to US to CHANGE it, isn't it? Politicians work for US. If we Don't/Can't/REF USE to hold them accountable, then Shame on US! I, for one, will continue to Resist, Rebel and CALL them OUT on their Bull-Puckey! To sit back and do nothing is as bad as the crime itself!
 

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