5 House Democrats: Revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance over alleged Russia ties


(JTA) — Five House Democrats called for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked over his alleged ties to Russia.

In a letter to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the lawmakers expressed concerns over the alleged failure of the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser to disclose that he had had contacts with foreign officials on a  questionnaire used for national security positions.

Passages from the letter were published in an article Thursday on the news site The Hill.

The lawmakers who signed the letter are Reps. Don Beyer of Virginia, Ted Lieu of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, Jerrold Nadler of New York and Peter Welch of Vermont.

The New York Times reported last week that Kushner omitted having communicated with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Sergey Gorkov, the head of the government-owned Vnesheconombank.

Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports that he failed to disclose to senior White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, information about his contacts with Kislyak before the president’s inauguration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last month from the Russia investigation after disclosures that he concealed his meetings with the ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings.

“We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception,” the lawmakers wrote in their letter.

“Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration’s recently uncovered covert dealing 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 regulation governing security clearances.”

Kushner’s lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told the Times that Kushner would be happy to provide further information about his foreign contacts to the FBI.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also plans to interview Kushner as part of its investigation into ties between the Trump administration and Russia, according to the Times.

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