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 MulvaneyLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Impeachment witness: Ukraine 'gradually came to understand that they were being asked to do something' Impeachment guide: The 9 witnesses testifying this week MORE to revoke Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerUN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday MORE's security clearance.

The letter to Mulvaney from Democratic Reps. Don Beyer (Va.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuWyden urges FCC to secure 5G networks against cyber threats Democrat hits White House spokeswoman after Trump appointee changes testimony PETA asks DOJ to stop conducting training that harms animals 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 TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' 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 reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday Resistance or unhinged behavior? Partisan hatred reaches Trump's family 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 CummingsMaloney wins vote for Oversight chairwoman House passes stopgap as spending talks stall Stopgap government funding measure includes census money, military pay raise 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 GorkaNikki Haley responds to Gorka: 'I did' tell Trump of concerns about Kelly and Tillerson Jeff Sessions calling Alabama lawmakers about 2020 Senate bid Trump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' MORE.