Jared and Ivanka are the shadiest couple in D.C. next to Donald and Melania, and Americans have been wondering when their day in the spotlight was going to come. Now, it seems, the prince and princess of this administration just might be held accountable for their actions after all.
House Democrats are now investigating The Kushners’ security clearance after multiple calls for a probe into just how the president’s son-in-law was granted the position of White House advisor.
Reps Ted Lieu and Don Beyer just sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr that reads:
We are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Trump ordered his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who raised concerns about the clear national security risks of doing so. Taken together with previous reports that Mr. Kushner omitted contacts with more than one hundred foreign persons on his clearance forms – including the Russian Ambassador – we request that the Department of Justice open an immediate investigation to determine if Mr. Kushner is criminally liable for his false statements.”
“Mr. Kushner and Ivanka Trump have both apparently lied in various public interviews and in statements, saying that the President never directed Kelly to grant a clearance for his son-in-law. In an interview on ABC News’ The View on February 8, Ivanka Trump said, “The President had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance – zero.”
Trump told NY Times in January that he had nothing to do with Kushner’s security clearance, explaining, “I know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually. But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff.”
If the rumors are true, and Trump ordered John Kelly to approve Kushner’s clearance, that is a clear abuse of the power of the presidency of the United States.
The letter continues:
“Lying to the public, though disgraceful and unethical, is not ispo facto a criminal act. Lying on one’s SF-86 Questionnaire for National Security Positions, however, is a federal crime under 18 U.S. Code § 1001 punishable by up to five years in prison. It was previously reported that Mr. Kushner had to submit at least three separate addenda detailing over 100 omissions, including the infamous June 2016 meeting he attended in Trump Tower where Russian agents offered “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton. He also failed to report his meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak and the head of Russian-owned bank Vnesheconombank.”
Officials are worried that having an inexperienced real estate mogul deal in the foreign operations of this country is not only dangerous, but could thrust the country into the middle of a world war.
The letter ends with:
“Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) indicated recently the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has accelerated their investigation into the White House security clearance process. However, there is a strong role for the Department of Justice to play in launching a concurrent criminal probe to safeguard our national security secrets and ensure our laws are being upheld – especially given the fact that Chairman Cummings recently stated the White House has not been cooperative in the Committee’s probe.”
“Ultimately, the President and his son-in-law have made a mockery of the security clearance process. Their actions put U.S. national security at risk and offend the thousands of dedicated career officials who both grant and receive clearances the correct way. As Attorney General, your loyalty is to the United States, not Mr. Kushner or even the President. We look forward to a prompt response and thank you for your attention to this serious matter.”