Dems call for criminal probe into Kushner's security clearance

Democratic Reps. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Dem vets press McConnell on emergency declaration Watchdog organization calls for investigation into Kushner clearance Dems call for criminal probe into Kushner's security clearance MORE (Calif.) and Don Beyer (Va.) are calling for a criminal investigation into senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerA question of privilege: How Trump could still gut the Mueller report Ex-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Nadler: Half of Trump probe targets likely to comply with document requests MORE's security clearance, following multiple news reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 MulvaneyMulvaney poised to become permanent White House chief of staff: report Pentagon sends Congress list of projects that could lose funds to Trump's emergency declaration Trump: Media 'working overtime to blame me' for New Zealand attack 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 CummingsHouse Dems renew push for government contractor back pay Cummings demands ex-Fox News reporter share information on Stormy Daniels payments The Hill's Morning Report — Trump readies first veto after latest clash with Senate GOP 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 ConwayGeorge Conway responds to Trump calling him a loser: 'Perfect example of the point I was making' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Trump praised George Conway's legal skills in 2006 letter 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.