House Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner’s security clearance

House Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner’s security clearance
© Greg Nash

A group of more than 40 House Democrats has demanded the White House revoke President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance, amid an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance,” the group wrote Wednesday in a letter to White House Counsel Dan McGahn, according to Politico.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who organized the letter, said in a statement Wednesday that “Jared Kushner cannot be trusted.”

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“Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying,” he said.

Politico on Wednesday reported that the letter’s signers include House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere America stands to lose as China places bets on developing world Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), as well as Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDems struggle with unity amid leadership tensions New Dem star to rattle DC establishment Overnight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases MORE (D-Vt.), who signed a similar letter with him in April.

Trump on Monday said that he has “total confidence” in Kushner, adding that his son-in-law is “doing a great job for the country.”

“He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars,” he said in a statement. “In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”

Kushner reportedly talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December about establishing a private communications channel between Moscow and Trump’s transition team.

He is also purportedly under scrutiny in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.