Hey, with all that’s going on, have we forgot the probe into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election?
Yeah, that’s still a thing, so don’t let all the talk of tomahawks, North Korean tensions, and mother bombs distract you.
The latest target is Trump son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.
Last week, it was reported that Kushner had failed to list contacts between himself and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, as well as the head of the Russian-owned bank, Vnesheconombank, when he filled out his paperwork for top-secret security clearance.
That’s pretty much a no-no.
For now, even though President Trump has him handling a grand bulk of issues, including working out “world peace,” according to Trump, Kushner only has intern security clearance.
Democrat lawmakers have targeted Kushner for his omission.
In a letter led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the lawmakers expressed concern that Kushner deliberately wasn’t forthcoming about his contacts with Russian officials.
It would probably seem less deliberate if there wasn’t a history of this sort of omission from Trump associates, in regards to Russia.
The letter urged:
“We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception,” wrote Beyer and four other Democrats: Reps. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Peter Welch (Vt.).
“Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration’s recently uncovered covert dealing with Russian government and intelligence officials, we are requesting that Mr. Kushner’s intern top-secret security clearance be suspended pending a review of Mr. Kushner’s compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee plan to interview Kushner and will likely cover all the concerns listed in the letter by the lawmakers.
If it’s found Kushner was being deliberately deceptive, things could get “uncomfortable.”
His punishment could range anywhere from losing his security clearance, disqualification from jobs, or potentially, up to a 5-year prison sentence.
While the letter will be written off as partisan sniping, it still must be addressed.