Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are demanding answers from the White House as to why senior adviser Jared Kushner still has a security clearance despite reports that he failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials while he was seeking clearance.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter signed by the committee’s Democrats to President Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that requests documents pertaining to Kushner’s security clearance by July 5. The letter also addresses the White House’s “failure to suspend General [Michael] Flynn’s Security Clearance.”
“We have serious concerns about whether the White House is properly safeguarding classified information,” Cummings wrote.
Cummings accuses Kushner in the letter of letting the American public be deceived.
“It appears that Mr. Kushner allowed his colleagues at the White House — and the American people — to be misled about his multiple communications with Russian officials,” the letter reads.
Specifically, the letter points to contacts with “dozens” of foreign officials, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, on his application. In May, it was reported that Kushner had at least three undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the campaign.
Cummings concluded the letter by warning that it “would be gravely concerning” if other White House officials knew about Kushner’s undisclosed contacts with foreign officials while they made “misleading” statements, and by questioning Kushner’s continued security clearance.
“In any case,” Cummings wrote, “it is unclear why Mr. Kushner continues to have access to classified information while these allegations are being investigated.”
Democrats have been calling for Kushner’s firing since May, when it was reported that Trump’s son-in-law attempted to establish a secret backchannel for communications with Russia during the transition period. Kushner is under investigation in the FBI’s ongoing probe into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.