Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner has yet to receive a full security clearance. According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carol Leonnig, the White House may be trying to force Kushner out before Friday’s deadline for him to receive permanent clearance.
“I want to read you something Dan Pfeiffer, who worked in the Obama White House said,” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted, reading a tweet from the former White House aide.
Kushner and I had the same title and he sits in my old office. There are only three options:
1. Sanders is lying
2. Kelly is lying and Kushner is keeping his interim clearance
3. Kushner’s new portfolio includes staring at the wall from 9-5 https://t.co/f7hxaSan4v
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) February 20, 2018
“Well, it sounds pretty clever,” Leonnig replied.
“I would say right now, Sarah Sanders’ comments are not dishonest, they are graceful,” Leonnig continued. “She’s allowing the opportunity — it seems to me — for the process to work out. For either the clearance to mysteriously be approved, which does not seem likely, or for Jared Kushner to decide to bow out.”
“Wait, you think — wait a second. You think the latter is a possibility?” Hayes asked.
“If you don’t have a security clearance and access to top secret information, how could you exactly broker Middle East peace?” Leonnig answered.
Leonning noted that Kushner had been reading Trump’s daily briefings, something he shouldn’t be doing if he doesn’t have a full clearance.
“Keep in mind that this is a particularly bizarre scenario,” Leonnig explained. “You have an ongoing investigation, criminal and counter-intelligence investigation of many senior people in the Trump White House because they were, in fact, in the Trump campaign while Russia was meddling with our election.”
Take a look at the interview in the video clip below: