Dems call for revoking Kushner's security clearance

A pair of House Democrats on Thursday called on acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Trump, Dems open drug price talks | FDA warns against infusing young people's blood | Facebook under scrutiny over health data | Harris says Medicare for all isn't socialism White House spokeswoman leaving to join PR firm Trump’s state of emergency declaration imperils defense budget MORE to revoke Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDems open new front against Trump Dems launch investigation into Trump administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine - Will there be any last-minute shutdown drama? MORE's security clearance.

The letter to Mulvaney from Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuDem lawmakers to open probe into ‘complex web of relationships’ between NRA, Russia Kamala Harris shopping trip stirs Twitter campaign trail debate Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president MORE (Calif.) came after NBC News reported last week that two career White House security specialists rejected Kushner's application for a top-secret security clearance after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence. Their supervisor overruled them and approved the clearance anyway, according to NBC.

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"We urge you to immediately revoke the security clearance of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, and to comply with past and future oversight requests from Congress related to security clearances, information security, and other matters of national security," Beyer and Lieu wrote.

They further accused the administration of concealing information from Congress about security clearances.

"The ongoing refusal of the Administration to abide by longstanding security clearance processes, coupled with its unwillingness to explain its actions to Members of Congress, increasingly seems like a coverup," they wrote.

Sources told NBC that Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE's son-in-law and White House adviser, was one of at least 30 cases in which the official overruled career security experts and approved clearances for incoming Trump administration officials. The sources said that the number of decisions overruling the rejections was unprecedented.

Beyer and Lieu have previously called for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. They did so in 2017, after reports emerged that Kushner and his wife, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump, Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Charlie Kirk among Twitter's most-engaged users Ivanka must recalibrate her paid family leave plan to make it tenable Four names emerge for UN position: report MORE, used private email for official business and missed deadlines for reporting financial assets to the Office of Government Ethics.

Beyer and Lieu's latest call comes as Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee investigate the security clearance process in the Trump administration.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Defense: Trump signs Space Force directive | Dems probe Trump officials' dealings with Saudi Arabia | Trump feels 'no rush' in North Korea talks Dems open new front against Trump Overnight Energy: Justices take up major case on water rules | Dems probe administration's dealings with Saudi Arabia | Greens sue EPA over toxic paint strippers MORE (D-Md.) earlier this month requested information from the White House about security clearance issues involving multiple current and former officials, including Kushner, ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, former White House staff secretary Robert Porter and former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGorka says subway murder proves illegal immigration 'is a national security threat' Dems call for revoking Kushner's security clearance Christie says Trump hired 'riffraff' in new book MORE.