Jared Kushner Loses Top-Secret Security Clearance
Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and one of President Donald Trump’s top aides, has had his security clearance downgraded and now will not have access to sensitive documents, Politico first reported.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been trying to revoke Kushner’s security clearance — and that of other officials without permanent security clearance — since it was revealed that people with long-term “interim” clearance had access to classified FBI documents.
As such, Kushner isn’t the only person in the White House whose security clearance was reduced — all White House aides at the Top Secret/sensitive compartmented information level were told Tuesday that they were being lowered to the Secret level.
Kelly himself did not sign the memo.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not discuss Kushner’s downgrade specifically during a press briefing Tuesday.
“We do not comment on individual security clearances,” Sanders said. “We actually haven’t commented on Jared’s … but we have commented on his ability to do his job, which he’s a valued member of the team, and he will continue to do the important work that he’s been doing since he started in the administration.”
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) has been questioning Kushner’s security clearance for months. Lieu tweeted upon hearing the news of his clearance lowering.
“Now we get to ask a new question: Why does Jared Kushner still have a downgraded security clearance?” Lieu wrote.
He also questioned why Kushner wouldn’t answer Congress members’ questions about his discussions with Saudi foreign nationals in the same tweet.
Now we get to ask a new question: Why does Jared Kushner still have a downgraded security clearance?
Also, why hasn’t #Kushner responded to this simple question from Congress Members: Did he have any talks with #Saudi foreign nationals about the troubled loan for 666 Fifth Ave? https://t.co/PL5SNcH4wi
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 27, 2018