Ted Lieu Calls on DOJ to Investigate Jared Kushner
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) on Monday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling on him to open a criminal investigation into reports that Jared Kushner intentionally omitted contacts on his security clearance forms. Lieu, joined by Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), questioned the implications of Donald Trump ordering his then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who raised concerns about the clear national security risks of doing so. “Ultimately, the President and his son-in-law have made a mockery of the security clearance process,” the lawmakers wrote. “Their actions put U.S. national security at risk and offend the thousands of dedicated career officials who both grant and receive clearances the correct way. As Attorney General, your loyalty is to the United States, not Mr. Kushner or even the President.” Lieu’s letter came as the White House, yet again, refused to produce any of the documents or witnesses requested by House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as he looks into possible security clearance abuses. Instead, the White House sent yet another letter challenging Congress’ authority to conduct oversight of this area, while offering access to broad policy documents and a briefing on general procedures. This isn’t over yet. Cummings could issue subpoenas for the documents and the people. We’ll keep you posted. Read Lieu’s letter here.