Kushner Shrugs Off Questions On Security Clearance


Republican Committee staff began its response to Newbold's closed-door testimony on March 23 by saying that Cummings is conducting a "partisan investigation of the White House", "cherry-picking" testimony and headline-seeking.

Amid media fanfare, the committee's chairman, Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, announced on Monday that he is going to subpoena a former official in the White House Personnel Security Office who was involved in approving security clearances for President Trump's inner circle - including Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the Oversight committee, said Cummings cherry-picked information, claiming that Newbold's list of 25 people includes "non-political officials such as a GSA custodian", according to Politico. She said she was concerned that many of her determinations that employees were ineligible for security clearances had been overturned outside of the normal process.

It also said Ms Newbold told congressional investigators that a second person, referred to as "senior White House Official 2", was the subject of a 14-page memo laying out "multiple disqualifiers" including foreign influence and outside activities.

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In one case, she said that a senior White House official was denied a clearance after a background check turned up concerns about possible foreign influence; "employment outside or businesses external to what your position at the E.O.P. entails"; and the official's personal conduct.

Kushner failed to initially disclose numerous foreign meetings on security clearance forms, and, according to the Times, career officials recommended against granting him a clearance before Trump personally overruled them. They've gone from "lock her up" to "only 4-5" potentially "very serious" security risks and "Ms. Newbold's concerns seem overblown".

Tricia Newbold, a 1998 Madawaska High School graduate, has worked in the White House Personnel Security Office for more than 18 years, serving in four administrations dating to the Clinton White House in 2000.

According to the letter obtained by CNN, Kline is a current government employee and a former "nonpolitical employee" of the Executive Office of the President and "is more than willing to cooperate with the Committee to the extent he is permitted to do so by law". Kushner's top-secret security clearance has been a subject of much debate in recent months.

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She said that at least 25 security clearance decisions had been overruled, including that of "Senior White House Official 1". He has since left the White House for the Defense Department. She said that Mr. Kline instructed her "do not touch" the case, and soon granted the official clearance.

Ingraham asked Kushner if he has a "sense that the Democrats keep moving the goalposts" on the issue, pointing out that the security clearance controversy came out after the Mueller report fizzled.

But Cummings said Kline will not answer questions about specific security clearance applications or violations - details the chairman wants. I mean, really, what is next, putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs?

USA media outlets have widely speculated that President Donald Trump's son-in-law had initially been refused security clearance because of his close friendship with Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.

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