Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance

Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance
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A House Democrat on Wednesday compared a sweeping college admissions cheating scandal to White House advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline GOP launches 'WinRed' online fundraising site in response to Democrats' small-donor advantage MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpApple in front lines of Trump trade war African Development Bank is much more than critic suggests Apple seeks to exempt products including iPhone from proposed tariffs MORE receiving security clearances. 

"This college entry scandal should shock us all, but it doesn’t," Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreThe Trump administration's plan to change the poverty line would hurt communities who need help the most Ex-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance MORE (D-Wis.) wrote on Twitter. 

"Just look at the President and his Administration. The working class are held to one standard, while the likes of Ivanka and Jared can be granted security clearance over the objections of intelligence professionals."

Her comments came a day after the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts released charging documents in what it called the biggest college admissions "scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice (DOJ).”


Federal prosecutors indicted more than 50 people, including celebrities and athletics coaches, with spending or laundering millions of dollars to get high school students admitted into premiere universities such as Stanford, Yale and Georgetown. 

Moore in her tweet referenced reports that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE's eldest daughter and her husband, who both serve as senior White House advisers, received security clearances despite pushback from top officials in the administration.

Trump ordered White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE to override security concerns of top U.S. officials and grant Kushner a clearance last year, according to a New York Times report from February

CNN then reported earlier this month that President Trump pressured Kelly to grant Ivanka Trump a security clearance despite concerns from then-White House counsel Donald McGahnDonald (Don) F. McGahnAmerica has no time to wait for impeachment Election agency limps into 2020 cycle The Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst MORE.

Ivanka Trump and Kushner were issued permanent security clearances last year. Ivanka Trump said in mid-February that the president had no involvement in their clearances.