Steve Bannon's role in Trump's inner circle in jeopardy, sources say
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 9:23
From left, White House Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell, President Trump's White House Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, and President Trump's Chief of Staff Reince Priebus attend a news conference with Mr. Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room at the White House, Wed., April 12, 2017, in Washington.
The lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to FBI Director James Comey and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management calling for Kushner's security clearance to be suspended pending an investigation into his "compliance with the law".
Kushner was also the latest Trump associate to be swept up into the ongoing probe into contacts with Russian officials.
According to Kushner aides interviewed by the Times, the White House senior adviser has been operating under an "interim" clearance while working to gather more information for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The remarks come after Trump recently intervened in a feud between Bannon and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, administration sources told ABC News.
Last, embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into Russian Federation interference over his failure to disclose that he met twice with Kislyak during last year's election campaign.
In a statement accompanying the letter, the lawmakers also mentioned that, "Mr. Kushner's lack of candor about meetings with Russian officials appears to be part of a larger pattern of dissembling and deception on Russian contacts from the Trump team, and we believe the public deserves the truth about what connection, if any, exists between these incidents". Don Beyer, D-Virg., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Peter Welch, D-Vt.
Knowingly falsifying or concealing information on the federal form could result in a five-year prison sentence.
Kushner is already set to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee for its own Russian Federation probe.