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Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance

Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenOvernight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Pawlenty departing Wall Street group as campaign rumors swirl Bachmann won't run for Franken's Senate seat because she did not hear a 'call from God' MORE (D-Minn.) said he thinks White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance should be reviewed, following reports that President Trump's son-in-law sought to establish secret "backchannel" communications with Moscow.

"I think we should look at that," Franken said during a Tuesday interview on CBS's "This Morning" when asked whether Kushner's security clearance should be taken away.

"This is a pretty bad breach. Look, they — these guys, the administration, they're not acting like people who have nothing to hide."

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Franken's comments come after the Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner sought in December to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow.

Franken said during the interview that it's important to follow the facts to come to a conclusion about what happened.

"We have a special prosecutor, we have the intelligence committees in both the House and the Senate that are looking at this," he said.

"We have to see where the facts lead us."

Kushner's request for a back channel came during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump likely to approve release of Dem memo: report Trump called for unity — he didn’t even last a week Trump to be briefed on Democratic memo MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that there should be a review of Kushner's security clearance, but stopped short of agreeing with critics who say Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

Trump said Monday that he has "total confidence" in Kushner.