NYT: Kushner Amended Security Form 3 Times To Add Over 100 Foreign Contacts

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, second from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, third from left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, listen during a bilateral meeting with President Donald... White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, second from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, third from left, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, right, listen during a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, April 7, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with U.S. missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China's ally, North Korea. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) MORE LESS
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President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner amended his application for a security clearance three separate times, adding more than 100 names to his list of foreign contacts, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Kushner is currently facing heightened scrutiny for his meetings with foreign nationals after the revelation he attended a June 2016 meeting coordinated by Donald Trump Jr. with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. He omitted all of his foreign contacts on the initial security clearance application that he submitted in January, which his lawyer called an error.

Lawyers who specialize in these forms told TPM it is not unusual for people to supplement them, but said that applicants try to appear as upfront and thorough as possible because they want to avoid the appearance that they are willfully concealing information from investigators.

“You don’t want to be contacting somebody every day to be saying, ‘Oops I forgot this. Oops I forgot that,’” Eric Eisen, a veteran government security clearance attorney, told TPM.

Kushner’s lawyers apparently recently discovered emails detailing the arrangement of the Veselnitskaya meeting while preparing for his testimony before Congress, and immediately moved to amend his list of foreign contacts, according to the Times.

When and in what way Kushner described the encounter to his father-in-law is another matter of concern. Two people familiar with the exchange told the Times that he met with Trump to discuss the meeting around the time he submitted the amended form, but that he downplayed its significance, promising that it would not create headaches for the White House. It’s unclear exactly when that conversation occurred.

Trump told Reuters on Wednesday that he knew nothing about the meeting “until a couple of days ago when I heard about this.” The Times first broke the news about it on Saturday.

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  1. Lock him up?? Spank him. Spank him really hard. And then, cut his head off. And we’ll all have tea.

  2. 100 foreign contacts?? Well, at least he rounded it off to an even number.

    “Oops, I forgot” will become the most inartful talking point, soon to characterize this entire White House, along with “Oops, I changed my mind on that”, “Oops, I don’t recall”, and “Oops, Squirrel.”

  3. Avatar for paulw paulw says:

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.
    Try to fool me three times, you’ve got to be fscking kidding.

    Someone who was not the president’s son-in-law would be looking at anywhere from instantly revoked clearance to long interviews in a locked room with the prospect of a prison sentence.

  4. Comeon now, cut the ‘Kosher’ Kid a break, will ya? Jared ‘Kosher’ is trying real hard to do the right thing, and besides all that, he’s got a fancy-schmancy lawyer advising him on how to stay out of jail, so he can resolve Middle East peace, once and for all, between the Palestinians and the Israelis. You can barely see his thug pathology showing, now that he’s learning how to fill out basic forms for the government.

  5. 100? Christ. It would be funny if it weren’t so terrifyingly corrupt.

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