A former ethics lawyer who worked under President George W. Bush blasted White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe 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.
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 W. Painter (@RWPUSA) July 16, 2017
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 ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 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 MurphyCongress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B Senators slow Biden with holds at Pentagon, State Tell our troops: 'Your sacrifice wasn't in vain' 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.