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Background Check Head: 'Never Seen' So Many Mistakes in Kushner Forms

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By    |   Friday, 13 October 2017 05:04 PM

The top government official responsible for approving background checks told House members on Wednesday that he has "never seen" the "level of mistakes" on Jared Kushner's security clearance forms, CNN reports.

Charles Phalen, director of the Office of Personnel Management's National Background Investigations Bureau, answered questions during a House subcommittee meeting on Wednesday. There he was asked about the White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, who revised his initial security clearance questionnaire with an additional 100 foreign contacts he claims to have forgotten about.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., asked Phalen, "can you recall if there has ever been an applicant having to submit four addenda detailing over 100 errors and omissions being able to maintain their security clearance once those errors and omission have been identified?"

The director replied that although he hasn't seen "the breadth" of applications, "I have never seen that level of mistakes."

He also said that OPM did not take part in vetting Kushner's clearance application.

"I don't know in the particular cases you're talking about because we had no visibility in our organization into any of those activities," Phalen said. "Those were done by other organizations."

A spokesperson for OPM told CNN that the director's remarks were "taken out of context," but did not provide further explanation.

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The top government official responsible for approving background checks told House members on Wednesday that he has "never seen" the "level of mistakes" on Jared Kushner's security clearance forms, CNN reports.
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