Democrats Ask FBI to Look Into Ivanka Trump's Security Clearance

With Jared's clearance under scrutiny, 20-plus House members express skepticism that Ivanka fully disclosed family's Russian contacts and meetings

Ivanka Trump, daughter of and assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks on a mobile device during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho on Thursday July 13, 2017.
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WASHINGTON - More than 20 Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter on Wednesday calling on the FBI to examine how Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and member of the White House staff, received her security clearance. The letter raises concern of discrepancies in her "SF-86" form, a government document in which administration officials are required to disclose their foreign contacts and business interests, as well as those of their immediate family members. 

In the letter, initiated by Rep. Don Beyer, a Democrat of Virginia, the House members wrote that Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump, "has had to update his SF-86 multiple times to reflect over 100 meetings or phone calls," and warned that they were "concerned that Ivanka Trump may have engaged in similar deception."

In the letter, the lawmakers demand to know whether Ivanka Trump disclosed the meeting her brother, Donald Trump Jr., and Mr. Kushner held with a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin last June, citing "lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials" as a "significant issue for the Trump administration."

Disparaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, was promised to be discussed in the meeting. The lawmakers also asked whether the form included any mention of Kushner's meetings with Russian officials in recent months.

"We learned last week that Ms. Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, and brother Donald Trump Jr. met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others, including a former Russian counter intelligence officer, for the purpose of obtaining damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Mr. Trump Jr. initially denied any such meeting, and no mention of it was made on Mr. Kushner's initial security clearance questionnaire."

The members wrote "the high standard to which we hold public servants, particularly senior advisers to the President of the United States, requires that these questions be raised, and promptly answered."