Democrats are calling for Jared Kushner’s White House security clearance to be “re-evaluated” after the revelation that he attended a secret meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer connected to the Kremlin in order to gain compromising material on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Democratic senators were still more forceful on Wednesday, one saying of Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser: “I don’t know why he still has a job,” reports the Guardian.
When the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser first applied for security clearance for his White House position, he was required to disclose all meetings with foreign government officials over the previous seven years. Like many of Trump’s cabinet members and White House aides, Kushner said he forgot to mention several meetings with Russians, including the now notorious meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya in June of last year.
“The pattern of omission by Mr Kushner and others in Donald Trump’s circle of their Russia connections increasingly points to a consciousness of guilt,” said Norm Eisen, former ethics tsar under Barack Obama.