- Two House Democrats wrote a letter to acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney requesting he revoke the security clearance for senior Trump advisor Jared Kushner.
- “The White House’s pattern of hiding the truth and devious behaviour with regard to Mr. Kushner’s security clearance suggests that the Administration does not take information security seriously,” the lawmakers wrote.
- Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are probing many of the security clearances in the Trump White House.
WASHINGTON – Two House Democrats are requesting that the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, revoke the security clearance for President Donald Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kusher.
In a letter to Mulvaney on Thursday, Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia and Ted Lieu of California requested that Kushner’s clearance be pulled, citing a recent NBC report that a supervisor overruled the recommendation he not be approved for clearance.
“The White House’s pattern of hiding the truth and devious behaviour with regard to Mr. Kushner’s security clearance suggests that the Administration does not take information security seriously,” the lawmakers wrote. “This problem is underscored by NBC’s reporting that ‘Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top-secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information.'”
The letter also notes that White House officials have not been compliant with oversight requests from Congress on the issue of security clearances. From the letter:
“Members of congress are now placed in the impossible position of wondering who these 30 officials are that received clearances despite being rejected by the career security officials, what the ‘unfavorable information’ was in their records, and why they still have ongoing access to sensitive national security information. We have been given no relevant information from the White House, despite our repeated requests enumerated above, despite the unanimous passage of the SECRET Act in Congress – which required teh White House to send us a report explaining its process for evaluating security clearances by August of last year – and despite repeated public debacles like the Rob Porter scandal.”
The letter comes as the House Oversight and Reform Committee is probing the security clearance process in the Trump administration.
The committee is looking into the security clearances of Kushner and several other current and former White House officials such as former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland.
Oversight Chairman and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement the objectives of the investigations “are to determine why the White House and Transition Team appear to have disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information, evaluate the extent to which the nation’s most highly guarded secrets were provided to officials who should not have had access to them, and develop reforms to remedy the flaws in current White House systems and practices.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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