Democrats ask FBI to suspend Kushner's security clearance

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin and four other Congressional Democrats sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey Thursday calling for the suspension of Jared Kushner's security clearance after it was revealed earlier this month that Kushner had contacts with Russian officials that he didn't disclose during the application process for his clearance.

"Kushner signed a legal document that withheld details about significant meetings with foreign officials, including meetings with allies and emissaries of [Russian President] Vladimir Putin", the release stated.

According to The Hill, the Senate Intelligence Committee has said it plans to interview Kushner in regards to his possible role arranging meetings between campaign advisers and various foreign leaders, including the Russian ambassador. The congressman said he finds it hard to believe that it would just slip Kushner's mind that he was lying on his disclosure form. "You will have adequate opportunity to explain any information you provide on this form and to make your comments part of the record".

The New York Times reported earlier this month that Kushner, who is President Trump's son-in-law, failed to report on his security clearance application that he had meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and Sergey Gorkov, a prominent Russian banker.

But links between Trump associates and Russian officials have drawn particular scrutiny amid an FBI investigation into whether these parties cooperated in attempting to sink the campaign of Trump's presidential rival, Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Kushner's lawyer has argued that the White House senior adviser's failure to disclose the meetings were inadvertent and that Kushner would provide additional details to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The group drew a comparison between possible misconduct by Kushner and the controversy surrounding former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, both of whom had undisclosed conversations with Kislyak past year. We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception.

"In a normal administration, I would say if he weren't the President's son-in-law, this wouldn't be tolerated", Nadler said, comparing Kushner to ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who misled the Vice President and the Senate Judiciary Committee about their contact with the Russian ambassador, respectively.

"Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration's recently uncovered covert dealing with Russian government and intelligence officials", the letter continued.

  • Leroy Wright