Dems call for revoking Kushner's security clearance

A pair of House Democrats on Thursday called on acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyMulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him Consumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictions Supreme Court ruling could unleash new legal challenges to consumer bureau MORE to revoke Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump sealed his own fate The Hill's Morning Report - Republicans shift, urge people to wear masks Mueller investigation witness George Nader sentenced to a decade in prison in child sex case MORE's security clearance.

The letter to Mulvaney from Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuMilley confirms soldiers deployed to DC amid unrest were given bayonets Trump campaign touts 4M online viewers for Tulsa rally Trump mocked for low attendance at rally 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 TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Tucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' Trump on Confederate flag: 'It's freedom of speech' 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 TrumpMelania Trump confidant plans tell-all book Trump says he's 'all for masks' despite reluctance to wear one Trump signs order directing federal government to focus on skills when hiring 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 CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland 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 GorkaTrump's new head of US media agency under fire from both sides Appeals court blocks White House from suspending reporter Sunday shows preview: As states loosen social distancing restrictions, lawmakers address dwindling state budgets MORE.