Wondering Why Kushner Still Has A Security Clearance? Here’s The Answer
On Monday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer explained a question many have been asking: Why does Jared Kushner still have a security clearance?
Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser was not completely honest during his security clearance and it left people wondering why it hasn’t been revoked yet.
Blitzer spoke to CIA analyst Phil Mudd, who explained that Kushner does not have a full security clearance. The president’s son-in-law is currently under a temporary security clearance, which “means they haven’t made a final determination, whether he should have a permanent clearance that gives him access to some of the most sensitive information the U.S. government has.”
Speaking for himself and his fellow former intelligence officials, Mudd asked, “If we had gone through the process for a clearance and this had been disclosed later, would we have been given a clearance?”
“The answer is no,” Mudd explained.
Blitzer went on to ask Mudd if he would have been denied clearance simply for failing to disclose a meeting with a foreign entity.
“No—you’re talking about meetings with hostile foreign power,” Mudd said. “In [Kushner’s] case, you would look at this and say ‘0 for 3 undisclosed meetings with people who represented themselves coming here from the Russian government.’”
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Mudd continued. “I don’t know how he even has clearance.”
“He’s the president son-in-law,” Blitzer opined. “The president can make a decision whether or not he gets security clearance on his own.”