Kushner addresses security clearance after whistleblower raises concerns

White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE on Monday reacted to concerns over his security clearance, saying that during his time in the White House he has been "accused of all different types of things" that "turned out to be false."

“Over the last two years that I’ve been here, I’ve been accused of all different types of things and all of those things turned out to be false. We’ve had a lot of crazy accusations, like that we colluded with Russia," Kushner said during an interview on Fox News's "The Ingraham Angle."

His comments come after House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Monday released a memo revealing that Tricia Newbold, a White House security adviser, told the committee that the Trump administration overruled her and other officials to grant security clearances to 25 individuals despite red flags.

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“According to Ms. Newbold, these individuals had a wide range of serious disqualifying issues involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct,” the memo states.

The New York Times reported in February that President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE ordered Kushner be given top-secret security clearances despite concerns raised by the intelligence community. Monday's memo does not mention Kushner or any other specific individuals, but Reuters reported Monday that Kushner and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family MORE, who are married, are among the individuals who received clearance despite the advice of experts.

 

Kushner added on Fox News that he disclosed all of his holdings to the Office of Government Ethics at the start of Trump's presidency.

“When I came to Washington, I had a very successful business career," he said. "I had extensive holdings. I disclosed all my holdings to the Office of Government Ethics. … They told me what to divest, what to keep, what rules to follow.”