Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance

Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Minn.) said he thinks White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance should be reviewed, following reports that President Trump's son-in-law sought to establish secret "backchannel" communications with Moscow.

"I think we should look at that," Franken said during a Tuesday interview on CBS's "This Morning" when asked whether Kushner's security clearance should be taken away.

"This is a pretty bad breach. Look, they — these guys, the administration, they're not acting like people who have nothing to hide."

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Franken's comments come after the Washington Post reported Friday that Kushner sought in December to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and Moscow.

Franken said during the interview that it's important to follow the facts to come to a conclusion about what happened.

"We have a special prosecutor, we have the intelligence committees in both the House and the Senate that are looking at this," he said.

"We have to see where the facts lead us."

Kushner's request for a back channel came during a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Trump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that there should be a review of Kushner's security clearance, but stopped short of agreeing with critics who say Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

Trump said Monday that he has "total confidence" in Kushner.