House Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner’s security clearance

House Dems to WH: Revoke Kushner’s security clearance
© Greg Nash

A group of more than 40 House Democrats has demanded the White House revoke President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance, amid an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance,” the group wrote Wednesday in a letter to White House Counsel Dan McGahn, according to Politico.

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who organized the letter, said in a statement Wednesday that “Jared Kushner cannot be trusted.”

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“Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying,” he said.

Politico on Wednesday reported that the letter’s signers include House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithOvernight Defense: Embattled Pentagon policy nominee withdraws, gets appointment to deputy policy job | Marines, sailor killed in California training accident identified | Governors call for extension of funding for Guard's coronavirus response The Hill's Coronavirus Report: iBIO Chairman and CEO Thomas Isett says developing a safe vaccine is paramount; US surpasses 150,000 coronavirus deaths with roughy one death per minute Overnight Defense: US to pull 11,900 troops from Germany | Troop shuffle to cost 'several billion' dollars | Lawmakers pan drawdown plan | Trump says he hasn't discussed alleged bounties with Putin MORE (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), as well as Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchVermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism National Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Democrats roll out national plan to reopen America MORE (D-Vt.), who signed a similar letter with him in April.

Trump on Monday said that he has “total confidence” in Kushner, adding that his son-in-law is “doing a great job for the country.”

“He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars,” he said in a statement. “In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”

Kushner reportedly talked with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December about establishing a private communications channel between Moscow and Trump’s transition team.

He is also purportedly under scrutiny in the FBI’s ongoing investigation of potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign.