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 KushnerKushner launching investment firm in move away from politics: report Washington Post calls on Democrats to subpoena Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Meadows for testimony on Jan. 6 Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away 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 SchultzBiden: Families of victims of Surfside building collapse 'realistic' about rescue Biden intends to pick up costs to county, state in Florida building recovery efforts At least 99 people unaccounted for after deadly Miami-area building collapse 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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.