Oversight Dem calls for suspension of Kushner's security clearance

Oversight Dem calls for suspension of Kushner's security clearance
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A Democrat on the House Oversight Committee is calling on the White House to suspend the security clearance of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE.

Rep. Raja KrishnamoorthiSubramanian (Raja) Raja KrishnamoorthiOvernight Health Care: Oversight chair plans to call drug executives to testify on costs | Biden airs anti-'Medicare for All' video | House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted kids House panel claims Juul deliberately targeted children, teens Dem lawmaker asks Mueller if Trump administration was vulnerable to blackmail MORE (D-Ill.) on Saturday said the allegations that Kushner sought to establish a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin are "disturbing" and called on his panel to subpoena all documents related to Kushner's meetings with Russian officials during the transition.

"The issue is not simply that Mr. Kushner wanted a communication backchannel; it’s that Mr. Kushner sought to pursue one with a hostile power months after American intelligence agencies had collectively acknowledged the Kremlin’s cyberwarfare against the United States," he said in a statement. He also demanded that Kushner testify before the Oversight Committee.

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Controversy has grown in recent days around Kushner's December meetings with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banking executive Sergey Gorkov, and reports that he had discussed with Kislyak the possibility of setting up a secret communications channel with Moscow.

The Washington Post and NBC News reported Thursday that the FBI had turned its attention on Kushner's meetings as part of its larger investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

While Kushner is a person of interest in that probe, it does not mean he is suspected of wrongdoing or subject to any criminal charges.

Krishnamoorthi's call for Kushner's security clearance to be suspended echoes one from the Democratic National Committee, which made the same demand after the senior adviser was revealed as a person of interest in the FBI probe. A day later, the DNC called for Kushner to be fired from his White House post.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's elder daughter Ivanka, is considered to be among the president's most loyal advisers and confidants, and has been charged with executing a sweeping agenda, ranging from exploring ways to reform the federal government to Middle East peacemaking.