Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: If you don't revoke Kushner's security clearance, just give one to Putin

Ex-Bush ethics lawyer: If you don't revoke Kushner's security clearance, just give one to Putin
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A former ethics lawyer who worked under President George W. Bush blasted White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE's son-in-law, for still having a security clearance.

“Jared Kushner's security clearance should be revoked. If not, we should just throw in the towel and give one to Vladimir Putin himself,” Richard Painter tweeted on Sunday. 


Kushner has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks after it was reported last week that he retroactively updated the disclosure portion of his security clearance application to include more than 100 names of foreign nationals he met with.

It also came to light last weekend that Kushner was present at a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders to Clinton: 'This is not the kind of rhetoric that we need' Sekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense Elizabeth Warren: More 'Hillary' than Hillary MORE. The meeting was set up by Donald Trump Jr. and was also attended by then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

After details of the meeting were publicized, Kushner faced broad criticism, with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyTensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum Nadler gets under GOP's skin Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial MORE (D-Conn.) saying in “a normal political world,” Kushner would lose his job.

"In a normal world, we wouldn't be talking about security clearances, Jared Kushner would have been fired about four hours ago," Murphy said on MSNBC last week.

Emails released by Trump Jr. from music publicist Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary to set up the meeting, said the information “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.”

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote.

“If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied. He later forwarded the full email chain to Kushner and Manafort.