Dems call for criminal probe into Kushner's security clearance

Democratic Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment House Democrat says he still gets told to 'go back' to China Ted Lieu: Trump a 'racist ass' MORE (Calif.) and Don Beyer (Va.) are calling for a criminal investigation into senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Trump: 'We already started' talks to get A$AP Rocky home from Sweden Kim Kardashian West thanks Trump, Kushner for helping efforts to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish jail MORE's security clearance, following multiple news reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says Democrats shouldn't use debt ceiling as leverage 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 CummingsCummings asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe DHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' Cummings tears into DHS chief for conditions at migrant border facilities 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 ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers 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.