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House Dems Ask for Kushner's Security Clearance to Be Suspended

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 02:27 PM

Five House Democrats are asking for Jared Kushner's security clearance to be suspended as the investigation continues into whether members of the Donald Trump campaign were in contact with Russian government officials in 2016.

In a letter to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the congressmen questioned whether Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser, deliberately withheld word of his meeting with Russian officials.

The letter is signed by Reps. Donald Beyer, D-Va., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Peter Welch, D-Vt.

"We care concerned about a story reported by The New York Times on April 6, 2017, alleging Jared Kushner . . . failed to disclose key meetings with foreign government officials during his application process for top-secret clearance," they wrote in the letter.

"According to the report, Mr. Kushner omitted dozens of contacts with foreign leaders from his Standard Form-86 (SF-86), including with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, a prominent Russian banker.

"Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts was a significant issue for the Trump transition."

They noted controversies surrounding around former national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russians and pointed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from matters related to the campaign after he failed to disclose a meeting he had with Kislyak to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception."

And they added, "we are requesting that Mr. Kushner's interim top-secret security clearance be suspended pending a review of Mr. Kushner's compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances."

Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, told The New York Times the national security form, which is supposed to list all foreign government contacts by an individual, was submitted prematurely by the president's son-in-law. Gorelick said she had informed the FBI additional information would be provided.

Meanwhile, The Hill reported the Senate Intelligence Committee said it plans to interview Kushner.

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