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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE and Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpManufacturers group kicks off campaign to close the industry's skills gap Fed chief issues stark warning to Congress on deficits Rally crowd chants '46' for Donald Trump Jr. MORE receiving security clearances. 

"This college entry scandal should shock us all, but it doesn’t," Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreLawmakers with first-hand experience using food stamps call on Trump not to cut program Democratic convention host committee under investigation over concerns about 'work environment': report A dozen House Democrats call on EU ambassador to resign amid Ukraine scandal 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 TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll 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. McGahnRudy Giuliani's reputation will never recover from the impeachment hearings In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book America has no time to wait for impeachment 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.