Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) are calling for a “criminal investigation” into Jared Kushner’s security clearance in what is just the latest in a string of investigations that House Democrats are launching at the Trump administration.
In a press release, the congressmen said they “are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff, John Kelly, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance.”
The report referenced was published in The New York Times last Thursday. In that piece, the Times reported that Kelly wrote a memo about being ordered to give Kushner a security clearance because he was so disturbed by the request. Trump had previously denied that he had any involvement in his son-in-law being granted a security clearance.
Lieu and Beyer also noted the numerous reports from the early days of the Trump administration that Kushner lied on his SF-86 about meetings he had with Russians, including the famous Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer. The lawmakers note that Kushner had to update his SF-86 form at least three times.
The press release also included the letter they sent to Trump’s new attorney general, William Barr.
“As attorney general, your loyalty is to the United States, not Mr. Kushner or even the president,” they wrote.
There have been a number of reports that Kushner is seen by foreign governments as a target worth influencing to try to get their message into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In a December expose, the Times reported that the extensive relationship between Kushner and the Saudi royal family was a result of deliberate steps that the Saudis took to court the White House insider.