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25 House Dems demand Kushner's firing

25 House Dems demand Kushner's firing
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A group of 25 House Democrats on Wednesday called for White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to fire senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerBiden to speak with Saudi king 'soon' as pressure builds for Khashoggi report Biden to speak with Saudi king ahead of Khashoggi report: report Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE's son-in-law.

“It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests,” the lawmakers wrote in a Wednesday letter.

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“The only path forward is clear: Jared Kushner must resign immediately. If he will not, we believe it is your duty as White House Chief of Staff to fire him,” they added.

Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) led two dozen other Democratic lawmakers in signing the letter. Other signatories include Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Ted Lieu (Calif.) and Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzDeSantis threatens to divert vaccines from communities criticizing distribution Lobbying world Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill MORE (Fla.).

The letter notes a series of recent news reports on Kushner’s financial interests and interactions with foreign leaders.

The Washington Post reported late last month that foreign officials from at least four countries have discussed how to use Kushner’s lack of experience to their advantage.

Meanwhile, special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE is reportedly looking into whether Kushner’s financial ties have had any impact on the Trump administration’s policies. 

“It is grossly irresponsible to continue allowing Jared Kushner such direct influence over American foreign policy, given the many red flags,” the representatives wrote in their letter to Kelly.

The Democrats praised Kelly for recently downgrading Kushner’s security clearance from top secret to secret, but said that does not go far enough. Instead, they argue the president’s son-in-law should not have access to any classified material. 

The White House said Kushner would remain in his role despite his security clearance downgrade.