Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance

Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts Overnight Regulation: FTC launches probe into Equifax | Dems propose tougher data security rules | NYC aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions | EPA to reconsider Obama coal ash rule Overnight Cybersecurity: Kaspersky to testify before House | US sanctions Iranians over cyberattacks | Equifax reveals flaw that led to hack 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 SchiffOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Democrat: Trump only loyal to the 'pro-Trump' party Sunday shows preview: Trump officials gear up for UN assembly 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.