Report: Trump Seeking Top Secret Security Clearances For His Kids

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President-elect Donald Trump is looking into acquiring top secret security clearances for his adult children, according to a Monday report from CBS News.

Anonymous sources told CBS that his transition team has asked the White House to explore how this could be done. Once Trump becomes president, he will be able to put in the request to obtain top secret clearances for Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr., who will need to fill out a security questionnaire and go through a set of background checks, CBS reported.

Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller told CNN that no official request has been made.

Given that Trump has said his eldest children will run the Trump Organization through a “blind trust” while he serves in the White House, providing them with access to the country’s most closely held national security information would raise serious possible conflicts of interest.

Last week, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr, as well as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, were named to the President-elect’s transition team. They have maintained they will not take formal roles in their father’s administration, and a decades-old nepotism rule prohibit public officials from hiring or promoting relatives. Yet the central role Trump’s adult children has played in his
campaign and transition is already a striking break from precedent.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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