Dems call for criminal probe into Kushner's security clearance

Democratic Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuMcCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Court finds Democratic donor Ed Buck guilty of all charges in connection to two men's deaths Press: Give those unemployed writers a job! MORE (Calif.) and Don Beyer (Va.) are calling for a criminal investigation into senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE's security clearance, following multiple news reports that President TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE ordered a top-secret clearance for his son-in-law despite concerns from intelligence officials.

"We are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Trump ordered his Chief of Staff, John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who raised concerns about the clear national security risks of doing so," the two lawmakers wrote in a Monday letter to Attorney General William Barr that was made public on Tuesday.

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"Taken together with previous reports that Mr. Kushner omitted contacts with more than one hundred foreign persons on his clearance forms – including the Russian Ambassador – we request that the Department of Justice open an immediate investigation to determine if Mr. Kushner is criminally liable for his false statements," Lieu and Beyer added.

The lawmakers earlier this year called on acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE to revoke Kushner's clearance, citing reports at the time about potential foreign influence on Kushner.

The most recent reports, which cite sources saying Trump ordered former White House chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner clearance, have ramped up Democratic calls for investigations into the security clearance process.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFormer GOP congressional candidate Kimberly Klacik suing Candace Owens for defamation Former Cummings staffer unveils congressional bid McCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee MORE (D-Md.) recently threatened to subpoena the White House for security clearance-related documents, including interview with witnesses, that the panel demanded in January. Monday was the deadline to fulfill a request for documents and transcribed interviews from the White House personnel security office.

The Oversight committee did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill regarding whether it received the requested documents.

Trump has said he had no involvement in Kushner's security clearance application.

"I know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually. But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff," Trump told The New York Times in January.

On Friday, counselor to the president Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayYoungkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters: poll Poll from conservative group shows tight governor's race in Virginia Psaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards MORE said Trump has the “absolute right” to involve himself in the security clearance process. She did not elaborate on whether Trump ordered Kelly to approve Kushner's application.