Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota spoke out about the question of what to do with Jared Kushner while appearing this week on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, seeming to agree with the idea that we should question the legitimacy of Jared Kushner’s security clearance, if not have it revoked entirely.
He did not shy away from seeming fond of the idea of revoking Kushner’s security clearance when Rose suggested it to him.
Franken said of the question of whether or not to revoke Kushner’s clearance: “I think we should look at that; this is a pretty bad breach… the administration — they’re not acting like people who have nothing to hide.”
Indeed; the “pretty bad breach” that Franken is speaking to is the revelation that Kushner sought to establish a back channel of communications with the Russians during the transition period. Remarkably, Kushner’s request of the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. for his assistance in the setting up of this back channel included a request to use Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States for communication with the Kremlin.
Ambassador Kisylak thought that the idea of exposing Russian diplomatic facilities to an American was ludicrous and Kushner’s proposal apparently never got off the ground.
That’s not where the issues with Kushner end, however, with him having been reported to have held secret meetings with top level Russian bankers in what federal investigators suspect was an effort to exchange sanctions relief or other diplomatic concessions for Russian funding for Trump or Kushner associated projects.
ThinkProgress calls the question of where the authority lies to revoke security clearances such as those held by Kushner “murky,” but one thing’s for sure, and that’s that the authority does not rest with Congress. In other words, it’s by and large appointees of President Trump, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who are ultimately responsible for whether or not Kushner gets to keep his clearance.
While appearing on CBS This Morning, Sen. Franken expressed confidence that the full extent of the Trump team’s connections to Russia would be discovered and dealt with appropriately.
Sen. Franken said: “We have a special prosecutor; we have the intelligence committees in both the House and the Senate that are looking at this and we have to see where the facts lead.”
Check out the video of Franken’s comments below:
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