Wasserman Schultz wants Jared Kushner clearance revoked
Debbie Wasserman Schultz is coming after Jared Kushner's security clearance— again.

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Move comes after NYT report Donald Trump ordered the clearance.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will file legislation that may revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance.

She announced the move the same day The New York Times reported President Donald Trump ordered officials to grant his son-in-law access to certain state secrets.

“This latest news report, if true, is yet another dangerous example of the President’s flagrant disregard for our national security,” the Weston Democrat said.

“The President continues to jeopardize our national security in service of his own personal interests. Congress must now act to create explicit laws ensuring the personal interests of a President do not overrule extremely basic national security protocols.”

Wasserman Schultz’s White House Security Clearance Accountability Act would strip any White House employee of clearance if caught lying about foreign contacts on security forms.

The bill would also revoke the access for anyone under federal investigation for aiding a foreign government.

Kushner, a senior advisor to the president, was never granted top-level access. But the Times reports his clearance was upgraded over the objections of then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn.

That report came a day after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified to a Congressional committee. In that hearing, Wasserman Schultz focused her questions on connections between Russia and Trump’s family.

“I asked Michael Cohen if the whole Trump family could possibly be conflicted or compromised with a foreign adversary in the months before the 2016 election,” Wasserman Schultz said on Twitter.

“He said yes.”

The bill would require the Government Accountability Office to detail any instance since Trump’s inauguration in which clearance was granted over the objections of career security staff.

Wasserman Schultz in 2017 pushed multiple times through the Appropriations process to have Kushner’s security clearance revoked. She said this legislation will put permanent rules in place to stop future abuse.

“Nepotism should never override national security,” Wasserman Schultz said.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Cogent Observer

    March 2, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    And you, Debbie, should have your hair straightened.

    • Dan

      March 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Why not revoke clearances of those in congress & senate who are conflicted with Foreign government contacts? Like hiring Pakistani brothers to run amok throughout the IT departments of Congress and the DNC or hiring Chinese Spies as Shoffers or having dinner with the Russian Ambasidor and bring them as a guest to the State of the Union Address????

  • Charles Brown

    March 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Wasserman Schultz Is a liar and a crook that should be removed from office. She has no say in the ability of a great president to pick his staff and the level of security he places on them.

  • Paul

    March 2, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    I thought she was supposed to be in Guantanamo for treason along with the rest of her cabal

  • Paul

    March 2, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Although he is what Damien Omen 3 would have become

  • Karen

    March 2, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Wasserman should be impeached & charged with treason along with her Pakistani boyfriend!!!! What is wrong with South Florida voters???

  • Linda Montalbano

    March 3, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Donald Trump is president and it is his right to pick who he wants to have clearance.
    Trying to chip away at the power of the President is not going to work and/or be accepted. Does Debbie Wasserman Schultz have a problem that Jared Kushner is Jewish? Is her problem she is an anti-Semite?

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