Trump ‘Ordered’ John Kelly to Grant Jared Kushner a Top-Secret Security Clearance

Trump Ordered Aide To Give Jared Kushner Security Clearance Report

Trump Ordered Aide To Give Jared Kushner Security Clearance Report

On Friday, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump had pressured top security officials to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner top security clearance-despite objections from his former Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House counsel Donald McGahn.

Kushner also met during the presidential transition at the end of 2016 Sergey Gorkov, the head of a Russian state-owned bank that was subject to USA sanctions.

The report claimed that Kelly was so disturbed by Trump's command that he wrote an internal memo stating that he had been "ordered" to give Kushner the clearance.

Insiders tell the Washington Post that after Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump complained about his long-delayed clearance, Trump told Kelly to "fix the problem".

Last year, Kushner's interim security clearance was reportedly downgraded from Top Secret/SCI-level to the Secret level. He told the Times in an interview in January that he "was never involved" in Kushner's clearance.

Asked about the Times report on Thursday, the White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: "We don't comment on security clearances".

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"Would you still recommend minimal access to classified documents to those White House officials since Federal Bureau of Investigation experts recommended that they not be given those top-secret clearances?"

The letter to Cipollone illustrated how the White House counsel's office has been hard in the past.

"However, over the past five weeks, the White House has stalled, equivocated, and failed to produce a single document or witness to the Committee", Cummings' said in his March 1 letter.

"It is, as they say in the security business, a practice unsafe to security to do that", Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, told the network's Wolf Blitzer on Thursday. "I have no doubt he'll make the right decision". According to the Times, McGahn recommended against giving Kushner the clearance. But when he was asked about it at the time, at a press conference with the Australian prime minister, he said he would defer to Kelly.

That meant that Kushner was effectively barred from seeing information gleaned from human spies or from the government's vast signals intelligence apparatus.

The Times report is likely to draw the interest of the Democrat-led House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is starting an investigation into the handling of security clearances by Trump's White House and presidential transition. The CIA, for example, grants access to human intelligence gathered from agents and operatives.

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