Posted by: maboulette | April 14, 2017

Kushner Left Numerous Meetings with Russians Off of Security Clearance Form


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A handful of House Democrats are calling on federal specialists to suspend Jared Kushner’s security clearance amid a wide-ranging probe into Trump associates’ contacts with Russian officials.

 FAILURE TO DISCLOSE 

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser failed to disclose numerous foreign contacts when he applied for top secret clearance, including at least two meetings with high-profile Russians during Trump’s transition to the White House, according to a New York Times report cited by the lawmakers. It is, they noted, a felony to intentionally conceal such meetings on a national security form. 

CANDOR

“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,” five House Democrats said in a statement accompanying the missive.

LETTER

The letter, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), is an effort to keep public attention on Trump’s ties to Russia, in spite of a week in which tension between the president and Russian leaders flared over a U.S. military strike in Syria. Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu of California, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Jamie Raskin of Maryland and Peter Welch of Vermont also signed the letter.

DIDN’T RECEIVE SCRUTINY IT SHOULD

Lawmakers said in their statement that the article “did not receive the scrutiny it deserved.” The story broke just hours after the military launched 59 missiles at a Syrian air base, which dominated the news in Washington over the weekend. 

LEFT OUT DOZENS OF FOREIGN CONTACTS 

The Times reported that Kushner left out dozens of foreign contacts from his national security form, but two stood out: a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a meeting with Sergey Gorkov, an FSB-trained leader of a bank subject to U.S. sanctions. 

OMISSIONS 

In the report, Kushner’s lawyer indicated that the omissions were inadvertent and that Kushner would provide additional details to the FBI. 

SUSPEND CLEARANCE 

The Democratic lawmakers said they want Kushner’s clearance suspended pending a review of his “compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances.” The federal form for national security positions emphasizes that making false statements or concealing information could be punishable by up to five years in prison. And those found to have made false statements may be denied security clearance.

 

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