Trump Administration Pulling Shady Move To Keep Dems From Investigating Kushner’s Security Clearance
Democrats in the House Oversight and Reform Committee have been trying to get to the bottom of things after a White House whistleblower revealed that Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser, Jared Kushner, was given security clearance despite being flagged.
Now, the White House is trying to limit the Democrats’ investigation by denying them access to Kushner unless his lawyers are around.
The impasse was revealed in a letter from the lawyer representing Carl Kline, who headed the White House Presidential Personnel Office.
Kline was reportedly responsible for overturning vetoes of the security clearances for White House officials who were flagged.
The letter, by Kline attorney Bob Driscoll of McGlinchey and Stafford, was obtained by The Daily Beast.
“There is a continuing constitutional dispute between the Committee and the White House over both the scope of appropriate questions, and now a seeming conflict over whether the Committee may exclude White House counsel from the deposition,” the letter read. “I am doing my best to manage everyone’s concerns, but again– we have no ability nor authority to resolve this dispute, leaving us caught in the crossfire.”
“At issue is a Congressional effort to learn how Kushner and at least two dozen other people working in the White House got security clearances, and whether that process has problems that threaten national security,” The Beast explained. “Tricia Newbold, a White House security specialist and career government official, told Congress last month that at least 25 White House employees received security clearances despite the opposition of career officials.”