Trump overruled White House officials to grant Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance: report

Multiple White House officials reportedly wrote memos expressing their concern with Trump’s disregard for protocol

Published March 1, 2019 12:37PM (EST)

H.R. McMaster, Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (Getty/Zach Gibson)
H.R. McMaster, Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump, Jared Kushner (Getty/Zach Gibson)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

It is unclear what specifically in Kushner’s background check, which hung in limbo for months as Kushner relied on an “interim” clearance, led to intelligence officials advising against approval. But he has had to repeatedly re-file his disclosure forms, after having omitted over 100 foreign contacts. Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, said that he has “never seen” mistakes as blatant and numerous as Kushner’s disclosures.

In January, it was reported that Carl Kline, the director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President, overruled recommended security clearance rejections for at least 30 Trump appointees, including Kushner.

It was always questionable to put Kushner in the White House in any case, as he has no relevant policy experience for virtually any of the tasks he’s been assigned. But if Trump granted him access to highly vulnerable state secrets that he did not qualify to be cleared for, and then lied about it, that makes the whole episode even more disturbing.

By Matthew Chapman

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