President Trump reportedly ordered former Chief of Staff John Kelly to give son-in-law Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance, even though the decision was not supported by the intelligence community.
Trump directed Kelly to give his senior adviser the security clearance early last year after both Kushner and wife, Ivanka Trump, told the president to intervene in the process, according to The Washington Post.
Kelly was apparently so concerned about the move, he documented Trump’s request in a memo, the paper said. Kushner finally received the clearance in May.
Both Ivanka and the president have said in the past that they did not interfere in the security-clearance process.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Thursday that his committee is already probing the process and is awaiting documents they had requested from the White House.
A spokesman for Kushner’s lawyer told the paper that in 2018, “White House and security clearance officials affirmed that Mr. Kushner’s security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone.”
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