Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) on Saturday said that the Security Clearance for President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner should be revoked.
“Kushner’s security clearance should absolutely be suspended,” Lieu, a vocal Trump critic, said in an interview on MSNBC.
The Democratic lawmaker blasted Kushner for reportedly failing to disclose numerous contacts he had with Russian officials in the months leading up to Trump’s inauguration.
The New York Times reported earlier this month about the omissions from Kushner’s national security questionnaire, including meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, CEO of the Russian state-owned bank Sergey Gorkov and others.
“I have filled out these forms before. They are known as SF86 forms. One of the main reasons that you have this form is to figure out if this person had contacts with foreign officials,” Lieu explained.
The lawmaker claimed that Kushner made the omissions “intentionally” in light of the ongoing Russia scandal.
“Jared Kushner intentionally omitted his various contacts and he knew these contacts were impertinent because of the whole Russia scandal that has been developing. So he lied. And he needs to have his security clearance revoked,” he said.
Kushner’s attorney told the Times that the omissions were an error and that the White House informed the FBI the day after the submission that Kushner would provide supplemental information to the form.
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