This Week: Kushner’s Security Clearance Mess, And His Other Messes
We were already familiar with reports that President Donald Trump used his executive authority to get Jared Kushner a security clearance despite concerns raised by the CIA and others. What we didn’t know, until this week, was how many others received their clearances despite background checkers’ concerns: According to whistleblower Tricia Newbold, 25 people have obtained security clearances after Trump officials overturned earlier decisions to deny them. Newbold also testified that Kushner was “Senior White House Official 1,” whose clearance was initially denied due to concerns about foreign influence. Newbold was reportedly retaliated against for whistleblowing. The House Oversight Committee has approved subpoenas to look into that part of the story. Speaking of Kushner: He falsely said in a rare interview on Fox News this week that “I disclosed all my holdings to the Office of Government Ethics.” In fact, as ProPublica’s Eric Umansky pointed out, Kushner has updated his disclosure form dozens of times. Just this week, it was revealed…
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