Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance

Franken backs review of Kushner security clearance
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Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFormer GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment Reid says he wishes Franken would run for Senate again 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 SchiffHillicon Valley: YouTube disables 200+ accounts over Hong Kong misinformation | Lawmakers sound alarm over Chinese influence efforts | DHS cyber agency details priorities | State AGs get tough on robocalls | DOJ busts online scammers Nadler asks other House chairs to provide records that would help panel in making impeachment decision YouTube disables over 200 accounts amid protests in Hong Kong 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.