House Democrats are pushing for Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, to lose his security clearance after he failed to disclose contacts he has had with Russian officials. They pointedly reference the firing of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn for lying about contact with Russia, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from Russia investigations after he hid his own meetings with Russians.
Nadler was one of a group of Democrats who submitted a letter to FBI Director James Comey calling for Kusher's security clearance to be revoked until questions about his meetings with Russian bank representatives and government officers before Trump's inauguration in January.
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"We were concerned last week that a story with significant national security implications - White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner's "omission" of meetings with foreign government officials - did not receive the scrutiny it deserved".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last month from the Russian Federation investigation after disclosures that he concealed his meetings with the ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings. According to Politico, several high-profile members of the tech community talked with Kushner and other White House insiders about, among other topics, upgrading federal computer networks.
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Kushner's lawyer responded to the April 6 Times report by saying that the initial security clearance application had been made in error, and that Kushner would provide supplementary information to account for them.
Democratic lawmakers said they want Kushner's clearance suspended pending a review of his "compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances."
He continued, "The fact that he submitted a materially false statement to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for security clearance is a very bad thing, and it's potentially a criminal act with a five-year penalty, and pending straightening this up, we're saying his security clearance should be revoked".
The Senate Intelligence Committee also plans to interview Kushner as part of its investigation on ties between the Trump administration and Russian Federation, according to The Times.