Dem amendments target Kushner, Trump businesses

Dem amendments target Kushner, Trump businesses
© Greg Nash

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) introduced two amendments Monday that put focus on President Trump’s family and businesses, including one that would strip funding from senior White House adviser Jared Kushner’s office.

The first amendment to the Make America Safe Appropriations Act for Fiscal 2018 would block anyone who has resubmitted a SF-86 security clearance form more than twice to add previously undisclosed contact with Russian officials from receiving a salary or the expenses for an office space or support staff. Such a person would also not be able to receive classified information.

The amendment is clearly aimed at Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, who has updated his security clearance form multiple times since taking a position in the White House, including one update that featured more than 100 contacts with foreign officials.

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Kushner blamed an assistant during remarks to congressional investigators on Monday for prematurely submitting the form, saying there was miscommunication as he transitioned from his real estate business to the White House.

"Despite repeatedly lying about his meetings with the Russians, Jared Kushner continues to have access to classified information and an office in the West Wing," Lieu said in a press release

"Let us be clear: Any individual who committed the same act and was not related to the President would have been stripped of their security clearance and investigated. If the President wants to create special rules for his son-in-law, Congress must act instead by prohibiting him from receiving classified information and relieving taxpayers from paying his expenses.”

The second amendment is the same one Lieu offered to the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) earlier this month, blocking defense funds from being used to “conduct business, including the purchase of hotel rooms or conference space, with any entity owned by or significantly controlled by the President or a member of the President’s immediate family.”

Lieu has repeatedly called for Kushner to be stripped of his security clearance. He said Sunday that Kushner should be investigated for his “lies” on the form and that “his security clearance needs to be revoked immediately.”