After reviewing a classified report, a group of concerned House Democrats are calling on federal authorities to revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance amid a wide-ranging probe into Trump associates’ contacts with Russian officials.
According to Politico, the lawmakers revealed the president’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. It is, they noted, a felony to intentionally conceal such meetings on a national security form.
“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.
The letter, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), is an attempt to keep public attention on Trump’s ties to Russia, despite 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.
The lawmakers also cited an article by The New York Times reporting 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.
In the report, Kushner’s lawyer indicated that the omissions were inadvertent and that Kushner would provide additional details to the FBI.
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.
The Senate Intelligence Committee also intends to interview Kushner as part of its own probe into connections between Trump and Moscow, according to the report.