Angus King: ‘I don’t see how’ Kushner can do foreign policy work without security clearance

Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Restoring our national parks would be a bipartisan win for Congress Restore our parks MORE (I-Maine) on Thursday questioned how President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerHouse panel signals Russia probe document dump before midterms Mueller investigating Russian payments made by Trump Tower meeting organizers: report The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE can continue to work on high-profile foreign policy issues after his top-secret security clearance was downgraded.

King said on CNN's "New Day" that without a top-secret clearance, Kushner does not have access to the highly classified intelligence that's needed to work on issues including Middle East peace.

"He's assigned to do things, like work in trying to bring a solution to the Middle East. You just can't do that without that kind of information," King said. "It's negotiating with one hand tied behind your back."

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"He could still work in the White House if that's the president's choice," he added. "But I don't see how he can work on these high-profile international questions."

Kushner's top-secret security clearance was downgraded last month after it was revealed that he and dozens of other Trump administration officials had been working for months on interim clearances.

Kushner, who began working in the White House when Trump took office last year, has been charged with overseeing a broad portfolio of responsibilities ranging from trade issues with Mexico to brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The State Department has said that, despite the clearance downgrade, it fully expects Kushner to continue working on Middle East peace.