Calls for White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner to be stripped of his security clearance amplified after it was recently revealed that the President Trump’s son-in-law had attended a campaign season meeting with a Russia-linked lawyer who allegedly had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
The meeting was organized by Donald Trump Jr., the President’s son, as well as Trump’s then-campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
“Jared Kushner’s security clearance must be immediately revoked. #ProtectOurDemocracy,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted after Kushner’s attendance came to light. Kushner faced similar criticism after reports that he tried to set up a “backchannel” for communications between Moscow and Trump’s transition team following the election.
Both events garnered attention in light of the ongoing investigations into potential collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.
Kushner “has not been forthright about his connections with the Russians,” says Richard Painter, who served as an ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush Administration and has called for Kushner to lose his security clearance. “When people are not candid, it raises the question of: Are there more?”
The Trump Administration has not signaled such a revocation is likely. “We don’t discuss security clearances,” …read more
Source:: Time – Politics