DNC calls for suspension of Kushner's security clearance amid FBI scrutiny

DNC calls for suspension of Kushner's security clearance amid FBI scrutiny
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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is calling for the suspension of Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE’s security clearance while the senior White House adviser is under FBI scrutiny.

“The FBI’s Russia investigation reached Trump’s backyard, and now it’s in his house,” DNC Deputy Communications Director Adrienne Watson said in a statement Thursday. “Kushner’s security clearance should be suspended until the FBI’s findings are complete.”

NBC News on Thursday reported that Kushner has come under scrutiny in the FBI’s investigation of possible collusion between Russia and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE’s 2016 presidential campaign to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The FBI’s focus on Kushner does not mean he is suspected of a crime or considered a subject of the bureau’s wider probe of Russian election meddling last year.

Kushner’s attorney on Thursday said that top Trump administration official would cooperate on any probes of his past meetings with Russians.


“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered with Congress what he knows about these meetings,” Jamie Gorelick said in a statement. “He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry”

The Washington Post on Thursday reported that investigators are instead examining Kushner’s meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late last year. The news comes a week after reports that the law enforcement investigation of Russian election intrusions had identified a current White House official as a person of interest, though the person’s identity was not revealed.

Kushner ranks among Trump’s closest confidants as is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka and oversees a vast agenda in his administration.