Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: If you don't revoke Kushner's security clearance, just give one to Putin

Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: If you don't revoke Kushner's security clearance, just give one to Putin
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A former ethics lawyer who worked under President George W. Bush blasted White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE's son-in-law, for still having a security clearance.

“Jared Kushner's security clearance should be revoked. If not, we should just throw in the towel and give one to Vladimir Putin himself,” Richard Painter tweeted on Sunday. 

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Kushner has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after it was reported last week that he retroactively updated the disclosure portion of his security clearance application to include more than 100 names of foreign nationals he met with.

It also came to light last weekend that Kushner was present at a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller moves ahead with Papadopoulos sentencing What's wrong with the Democratic Party? Just look at California BBC: Ukraine paid Cohen 0K to set up talks with Trump MORE. The meeting was set up by Donald Trump Jr. and was also attended by then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

After details of the meeting were publicized, Kushner faced broad criticism, with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDem senator: I support 'real' Second Amendment, not 'imaginary' one Frustrated Trump wants action on border wall, immigration Michigan Dem: Detroit-style pizza 'sweeping the nation' MORE (D-Conn.) saying in “a normal political world,” Kushner would lose his job.

"In a normal world, we wouldn't be talking about security clearances, Jared Kushner would have been fired about four hours ago," Murphy said on MSNBC last week.

Emails released by Trump Jr. from music publicist Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary to set up the meeting, said the information “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote.

“If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied. He later forwarded the full email chain to Kushner and Manafort.