Top Senate Dem: Kushner's security clearance 'bothers me a great deal'

Top Senate Dem: Kushner's security clearance 'bothers me a great deal'
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats join GOP in pressuring Biden over China, virus origins Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks On The Money: Senate infrastructure talks on shaky grounds | Trump tells Republicans to walk away | GOP sees debt ceiling as its leverage against Biden MORE (D-Va.) said Sunday that it bothers him a "great deal" that President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE reportedly ordered a security clearance for his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner despite concerns from the intelligence community. 

“The president does have a right to give anyone a security clearance, but what I think is inappropriate is these security clearances should be given after the review of the national security officials," Warner said during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

"The fact that he, in effect, chooses to give a family member [a security clearance], overriding the recommendations of the community, bothers me a great deal," Warner added.

The New York Times reported last week that Trump overruled concerns raised by officials in the intelligence community and granted Kushner a top-secret security clearance last year.
 
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Warner, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Sunday called for a "further explanation."
 
He added, however, that "we shouldn’t be surprised" that Trump "arbitrarily picks which family members get security clearances" despite concerns from intelligence officials.
 
"This president has consistently been willing to override the advice of the intelligence community," Warner said.