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House Panel Orders White House to Provide Records Following Report on Kushner

The House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight have asked the White House to hand over Kushner’s clearance details.

On January 23, the Oversight Committee launched an investigation into the alleged abuse of security clearance by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and others. In a letter addressed to the white house, the chairman of the committee, Elijah Cummings revealed that he would not be writing to the White House again to request their voluntary cooperation.

According to the committee chairman, this was not the first time that he and his staff were requesting that officials of the white produce documents and witnesses for the Kushner investigation. He said that even after requesting several times, the White House is yet to do as it is told.

Cummings in his letter cited a New York Times report that the President ordered John Kelly, his chief of staff then to give Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance. The order came in May 2018.
The then White House counsel, Don McGahn, John Kelly and other senior administration officials raised concerns about Trump’s decision to give Kushner the clearance.

Kelly wrote a memo concerning Trump’s decision and so did Don McGahn. In McGahn’ internal memo he stated that career security officials and the CIA had some reservations about Kushner who is also a senior adviser to the president.

The former White House counsel pushed against Trump’s decision to give Kushner access to top national secrets.

Before the New York Times published its report, Trump had stated many times that he did not have a hand in Kushner’s

security clearance. If the Times report is true, then the U.S President will have to answer for his actions. The career officials will also have to disclose what they know about Kushner that made them kick against giving him security clearance.

Earlier this month, Jared Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump told ABC News that her father had nothing to do with her husband’s security clearance. The investigations are still ongoing and the oversight committee remains hopeful that they will find the truth.

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About Jim Jamsay

I am a business and politics writer for 11 years and have completed my majors in business studies. I concluded my corporate career 13 years to follow my interest in writing. I took a break for 2 years and worked towards brushing up my skills and interning for good media houses. I started with contributing content to children journals and state chronicles but the appreciation and guidance received deepened my interest in the career.
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