White House officials are worried that President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner may not be granted a final security clearance, an administration official told CNN on Monday. The concern comes a little more than a week after revelations that Kushner joined Donald Trump, Jr. in a meeting with a Russian lawyer to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi previously called on Republicans to hold President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner responsible for false statements on his national security disclosure forms, demanding over the weekend that his security clearance be revoked.
Politico pointed out that of all those implicated so far in the meeting with a Russian-linked lawyer "only Kushner holds an administration position and, as a result, a Top Secret security clearance." In the article, Ned Price, a former CIA analyst and Obama administration official concluded given the current evidence against Kushner "anyone else would have been fired long ago, if not worse."
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Pelosi also called for an outside independent commission to prevent Russia from interfering with U.S. elections in the future.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow pointed out how the latest revelations implicate Jared Kushner and therefor the White House. Donald Trump Jr. is not a member of the administration says Maddow, but "Jared Kushner is though and that means the potential legal jeopardy that may arise from this meeting - it not only enters the President's family . . .it also enters the White House."
Over the weekend, one of Jared Kushner's lawyers says she's stepping aside from Russia-related investigations and turning over that portfolio to criminal defense attorney Abbe Lowell.
Jamie Gorelick said Friday that she remains part of the legal team of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, and will continue to help Lowell. She says while she'll be helping Kushner on questions of ethics compliance and the security clearance process, Lowell will be handling Russia investigations.
Congressional committees and Special Counsel Robert Mueller are investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Mueller previously work at the same law firm as Gorelick and took three partners with him to join his team.
Once that happened, Gorelick says she advised Kushner to get independent legal advice on whether he wanted to stay with her and her team.
Reuters contributed to this report
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