Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) sent a letter to the Department of Justice requesting an immediate criminal investigation into false statements made by Jared Kushner on his security clearance form.
Rep. Lieu said on MSNBC, “Prior to entering Congress, I already had a security clearance. I had to fill out an SF 86 form, the same thing Jared Kushner had to fill out, and right the form it says if you make false statements or omit material facts, you can go to prison for up to five years. Jared Kushner not only sent in one false and misleading form. He sent in two, so Congressman Don Beyer and I have made a criminal referral to the Department of Justice. Asked them to investigate Jared Kushner to see if he should be indicted for putting in false or at least material false SF 86 forms.”
.@tedlieu "Congressman Don Beyer and I have made a criminal referral to the Department of Justice. Asked them to investigate Jared Kushner to see if he should be indicted for putting in false or at least material false SF 86 forms." https://t.co/t8BitKxBYA pic.twitter.com/t3erPzd5if
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 5, 2019
In the letter, Reps. Lieu and Don Beyer (D-VA) wrote:
We are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Trump ordered his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who raised concerns about the clear national security risks of doing so. Taken together with previous reports that Mr. Kushner omitted contacts with more than one hundred foreign persons on his clearance forms – including the Russian Ambassador – we request that the Department of Justice open an immediate investigation to determine if Mr. Kushner is criminally liable for his false statements.
Mr. Kushner and Ivanka Trump have both apparently lied in various public interviews and in statements, saying that the President never directed Kelly to grant a clearance for his son-in-law. In an interview on ABC News’ The View on February 8, Ivanka Trump said, “The President had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance – zero.”
Trump and the White House lied about Kushner’s security clearance
After it was reported that Trump ordered Kushner be given a top-secret clearance over the objections of national security officials, House Democrats immediately requested all documents related to Kushner’s security clearance. Rep. Lieu has spent the last two years trying to get Kushner’s security clearance taken away because he is a national security risk.
Rep. Lieu is doing his country a great service by not letting up on Jared Kushner’s security clearance because only threw persistence will the country be kept safe from this president and his family.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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