25 House Dems demand Kushner's firing

25 House Dems demand Kushner's firing
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A group of 25 House Democrats on Wednesday called for White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to fire senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller Overnight Finance: Congress races to finish .2T funding bill | What to look for in omnibus | AT&T merger trial kicks off | Stocks fall on tech troubles | Trump targets Venezuelan cryptocurrency | Record SEC whistleblower payout Email service: White House staffer was a 'password idiot' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE's son-in-law.

“It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests,” the lawmakers wrote in a Wednesday letter.

“The only path forward is clear: Jared Kushner must resign immediately. If he will not, we believe it is your duty as White House Chief of Staff to fire him,” they added.

Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) led two dozen other Democratic lawmakers in signing the letter. Other signatories include Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzHouse passes school safety bill amid gun protests 25 House Dems demand Kushner's firing Fort Lauderdale elects city's first openly gay mayor MORE (Fla.).

The letter notes a series of recent news reports on Kushner’s financial interests and interactions with foreign leaders.

The Washington Post reported late last month that foreign officials from at least four countries have discussed how to use Kushner’s lack of experience to their advantage.

Meanwhile, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is reportedly looking into whether Kushner’s financial ties have had any impact on the Trump administration’s policies. 

“It is grossly irresponsible to continue allowing Jared Kushner such direct influence over American foreign policy, given the many red flags,” the representatives wrote in their letter to Kelly.

The Democrats praised Kelly for recently downgrading Kushner’s security clearance from top secret to secret, but said that does not go far enough. Instead, they argue the president’s son-in-law should not have access to any classified material. 

The White House said Kushner would remain in his role despite his security clearance downgrade.