Kushner’s Security Clearance Got Denied Over Foreign Interest Concerns

White House whistleblower says Trump officials reversed 25 security clearance denials

Trump Overturned Denials of Security Clearances for at Least 25 People, White House Official Says

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has largely stood by the young crown prince, even as USA lawmakers have pushed for the White House to investigate the murder and have renewed calls for the United States to end arms deals with the kingdom.

Tricia Newbold, a security adviser of 18 years, said applications had been denied over concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct only to later be approved by senior Trump aides with little explanation.

"Every day that there is an insecure line of communication that could be leaked, that could be hacked, that could be screenshotted, without proper channels, is a day that we are putting our national security at risk", she added. "But here's the other difference: senior White House officials in the Obama era tended to be individuals who had served at high levels of career service or who had previously served in senior appointed positions".

The New York Times reported in February that Trump ordered his chief of staff, John Kelly, to grant a clearance to Kushner past year.

This information sheds more light on the severity of Kushner's compromising background, and the extent to which foreign nations may have used him to get at US intelligence.

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A year ago the Post reported, citing unnamed sources, that foreign officials from the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico had allegedly discussed ways to influence Kushner by leveraging his business dealings and lack of foreign policy experience.

When he was asked about the next election, Kushner told Ingraham: "one statistic that I found very pleasing, is that in Florida, they passed a law where former felons can now vote, we have more ex-felons registered as Republicans than Democrats".

Two sources familiar with the information obtained by the Oversight Committee said two of those three senior officials were Ms Trump and her husband Mr Kushner.

Speaking to Fox News' Laura Ingraham, Kushner used the central finding of special counsel Robert Mueller's report - which did not established any collusion with Russian Federation - to avoid answering about something totally unrelated.

The president has sole authority to decide who receives security clearances and is therefore within his rights to have deputies provide them.

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Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the committee's ranking Republican, said in a statement that Cummings' probe is a "partisan attack" and an "excuse to go fishing" through personnel files. "Talk to one person, and then issue a big press statement so you can get some headlines?" "She was scared to death and she was scared sadly of our Republican colleagues" in explaining why Democrats didn't tell Republicans about the interview until the afternoon before it occurred, which was on a Saturday. "The Department believes that the rush to issue a subpoena is premature".

The new round of subpoenas signals increased pressure from Democrats on the Republican Trump White House. The security clearance vote passed along party lines, while one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of MI, voted with Democrats on the Census question.

She also has been removed from her supervisory role at work, but her lawyer said she has gone back to her job without incident.

The White House whistleblower who accused the Trump administration of pushing through security clearances for staffers who were initially denied said Tuesday that her supervisor retaliated against her in an unusually cruel way - leaving her feeling "humiliated".

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