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House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White House

House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White House

According to the Times, Trump demanded that then-chief of staff John Kelly issue the clearance in May - one day after the White House counsel's office advised him not to grant Kushner the clearance.

Prior to the Times report, Trump denied involvement in Kushner's clearance.

US President Donald Trump speaks during an opioid and drug abuse listening session on March 29, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Cummings said the latest reporting "raise [s] grave questions" about what officials learned about Kushner that made them recommend not granting the clearance.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, center left, and Ivanka Trump, center right, the daughter of President Donald Trump, arrive for a meeting at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Cummings wants to know why Trump overruled his advisers on the security clearance as well as what information officials obtained regarding Kushner that led to them initially denying him access to sensitive information.

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New York Democrat Adriano Espaillat introduced a bill in the House on Friday in a response to the Times story that amends the so-called Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. "No, and frankly, I never thought it was necessary to do so", Mr. Trump said.

Cummings requested the White House respond to the request by Monday. He argued that "intertwined" with the president's authority over national security information is the president's need "to exercise judgment in determining which advisers he credentials with access to classified information". Kushner was granted permanent security clearance in May after a year of background checks. When determining whether to grant a clearance, officials look for ways that foreign governments might exert leverage on a USA official, and financial distress is one red flag.

"It is, as they say in the security business, a practice unsafe to security to do that", Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, told the network's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. Insiders tell the Washington Post that after Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump complained about his long-delayed clearance, Trump told Kelly to "fix the problem".

He's also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom his family has ties.

Kushner had access to top-secret information in the early days of the administration through a temporary security clearance, but lost access to information above "secret" level intelligence in February 2018.

"Whatever the accuracy or not of recent news stories, Mr. Lowell was not aware of nor told of any request for or action by the President to be involved in the security clearance process", said Peter Mirijanian, the spokesman.


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