Despite a tsunami of controversy regarding Trump’s son-in-law and trusted adviser Jared Kushner, the official hasn’t lost his security clearance, which he needs to perform his duties in the West Wing.
The Kushner Scandals
Kushner has been in the hot seat since April when reports surfaced that he kept secret his contacts with Russian operatives on the campaign trail and during the transition period.
This week, a monster scandal broke after The New York Times reported that the president’s eldest son, Don Jr., and Kushner had a secret rendezvous with Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who promised to give him incriminating information on Hillary Clinton.
What’s more, a fresh scandal is slowly emerging, as federal investigators started looking into Kushner’s work at the Trump campaign’s data operation unit, which he supervised. The FBI is concerned he may have helped Russia spread fake news on social media targeting voters in battleground states.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller labeled Kushner as a “person of interest” in the FBI investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, while the feds are now investigating Kushner separately over his attendance at the meeting with the Russian attorney last summer.
Kushner’s Presence May Endanger Trump
Ironically, it was Kushner who disclosed in a revision to his security clearance the meeting with Veselnitskaya, who is just one of more than 100 foreign operatives the White House official met with.
Kushner’s critics cannot grasp how he is allowed to keep his security clearance and work with the President in the West Wing, after all that happened. In addition, senior White House officials are concerned his presence may put the President at risk.
One Republican lawmaker advised Trump to get all his offspring out of the White House, Kushner included, for his own good.
So far, Kushner hasn’t publicly commented on the recent revelations.
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