Kushner addresses security clearance after whistleblower raises concerns

White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change 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.”