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Politics Government watchdog group files complaint to revoke Kushner security clearance

00:11  16 february  2018
00:11  16 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Thursday calling on the White House to revoke Jared Kushner ’s security clearance .

Washington—Jared Kushner ’s temporary security clearance should be revoked , according to a complaint filed today with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

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The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Thursday calling on the White House to revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance.

Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Trump's son-in-law, has been operating on a temporary security clearance for more than a year.

The complaint, addressed to chief of staff John Kelly, asks that Kushner's temporary clearance be revoked until he passes the background check and receives full clearance.

"Mr. Kushner's access to classified information, even on a temporary basis, appears to represent a security threat," the group wrote in the complaint.

At least 100 White House officials served with 'interim' security clearances until November

  At least 100 White House officials served with 'interim' security clearances until November Nearly a year into President Donald Trump's administration, senior-level staffers -- including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter -- remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a US government official. Having interim clearance can hamper a staffer's ability to perform essential functions of the job, a former administration official said. It requires those with full permanent clearances to remain vigilant about what information is shared with those still operating on an interim basis.

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The complaint notes Kushner's previous failure to disclose foreign contacts, which he later amended on his security clearance application forms several times, and that he is a focus in the investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

"There are serious questions as to the Trump administration's handling of secure information," Noah Bookbinder, executive director of CREW, said in a release. "Failure to revoke Jared Kushner's temporary clearance would set a dangerous precedent by signaling a willingness to tolerate unacceptable national security risks."

The complaint comes at a time when the White House's security clearance procedures are under scrutiny following the resignation of staff secretary Rob Porter over domestic abuse allegations. Porter had temporary clearance at the time of his resignation, raising questions about when the White House knew about the allegations against him.

Kushner is one of reportedly dozens of White House officials who have been operating with temporary clearances during Trump's first year in office.

Trump: Kelly to decide Kushner security clearance .
President Donald Trump said Friday he will not make the decision on whether to let Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, keep his temporary security clearance, telling reporters at the White House that he will let chief of staff John Kelly make the decision. "That will be up to General Kelly. General Kelly respects Jared a lot and General Kelly will make that call," Trump said at a news conference. "I won't make that call. I will let the general, who is right here, make that call. Jared is doing some very important things for our country. He gets paid zero.

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