Three Dem senators call for 'immediate review' of Kushner's security clearance

Three Dem senators call for 'immediate review' of Kushner's security clearance
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Three Democratic senators are calling for an “immediate review” of White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance, noting concerns over which contacts Kushner included on his clearance forms.

In a letter to the director of White House management and Office of Administration, Sens. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Richard Painter puts out 'dumpster fire' in first campaign ad Bill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' MORE (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDem senator: If Nielsen doesn't reunite families, 'she should resign' Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor Fourth Senate Dem calls for Nielsen to resign over family separation policy MORE (D-Hawaii) wrote that Kushner’s clearance should be suspended while it is under review.

“Such ongoing disclosures raise serious questions concerning Mr. Kushner’s suitability for continued access to classified information,” the senators wrote, referring to reports that Kushner omitted some meetings with Russian nationals from his security clearance form.

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“Given Mr. Kushner’s pattern of delay in reporting contacts, we are deeply concerned that he may not have disclosed additional contacts with foreign individuals or had other inappropriate Russian contacts.”

The letter from the three Democrats, all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is the latest in a series of calls to revoke or review Kushner’s clearance.

Kushner, who is also the president’s son-in-law, has also been under scrutiny for attending a July 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. 

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“Given the enormity of the outstanding national security concerns regarding his conduct, Mr. Kushner should not retain access to our nation’s most critical secrets,” the senators wrote in the letter, which is dated July 13.

The letter cites Kushner’s meeting with Veselnitskaya, in addition to a meeting he reportedly had with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov.

“We remain concerned by earlier reports — discussed in our June 21, 2017, request — about Mr. Kushner’s contacts with other Russian officials that he did not disclose when he applied for a security clearance,” the letter reads.

“We are also troubled by the revelation that Mr. Kushner sought to establish a secretive communications channel to the Russian government using Russian diplomatic facilities during the presidential transition. It is still unclear whether he notified background investigators about this.”