Democrats Call For Suspension of Kushner’s Security Clearance Amid FBI Probe
Following the report that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has come under scrutiny in the FBI’s investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is calling for the suspension of Kushner’s security clearance while he is under FBI scrutiny.
“The FBI’s Russia investigation reached Trump’s backyard, and now it’s in his house,” DNC deputy communications director Adrienne Watson said in a statement Thursday. “Kushner’s security clearance should be suspended until the FBI’s findings are complete.”
The FBI’s focus on Kushner does not mean he is suspected of a crime, Kushner’s attorney said on Thursday, adding that “top Trump administration official would cooperate on any probes of his past meetings with Russians.”
“Mr. Kushner previously volunteered with Congress what he knows about these meetings,” Jamie Gorelick said in a statement. “He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry.”
According to the Washington Post, Investigators examining Kushner’s meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late last year.
Kushner ranks among Trump’s closest confidantes as he is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka and oversees a vast agenda in his administration.
The news comes a week after reports that the law enforcement investigation of Russian election intrusions had identified a current White House official as a person of interest, though the person’s identity was not revealed.