Trump is trusting Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, with many sensitive issues. Now, it looks unsure if Kushner will even be in the position for much longer.
Five Democratic Congressmen penned a letter demanding that Kushner’s security clearance be revoked. Kushner failed to disclose information on his foreign contacts, a requirement for top secret clearance. “Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, was a significant issue for the Trump administration,” the congressmen indicated, citing Michael Flynn’s firing and Jeff Sessions’s recusal from the Russian investigations as reason for questioning Kushner’s clearance. “We are concerned Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deceptions.”
Russia was a major concern for the congressmen. They went on to say:
“Mr. Kushner’s lack of candor about meetings with Russian officials appears to be part of a larger pattern of dissembling and deception on Russian contacts from the Trump team…and we believe the public deserves the truth about what connection, if any, exists between these incidents.”
The New York Times first reported on Kushner’s foreign contact exclusions, especially his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. Kushner’s attorneys claim that these omissions were accidental. The congressmen aren’t buying that:
“Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration’s recently uncovered covert deals with Russian government and intelligence officials…we are requesting that Mr. Kushner’s interim top secret security clearance be suspended pending a review of Mr. Kushner’s compliance with the laws and regulations governing security clearances.”
If Kushner is guilty of withholding information, he could face up to five years in prison.