A GROUP of Democrats have asked the FBI to suspend White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance.
In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, the House politicians cited Mr Kushner’s failure to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he filled out an application for a security clearance.
A lawyer for Mr Kushner, who is also US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, says the omissions were an “administrative error.”
The Democrats noted that knowingly falsifying or concealing information on a clearance application is a crime.
“Mr. Kushner’s lack of candour about meetings with Russian officials appears to be part of a larger pattern of dissembling and deception on Russian contacts from the Trump team, and we believe the public deserves the truth about what connection, if any, exists between these incidents,” five House Democrats said in a statement.
The New York Times reported that Kushner left out dozens of foreign contacts from his national security form, but two stood out: a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a meeting with Sergey Gorkov, an FSB-trained leader of a bank subject to US sanctions.
They are asking the FBI to review whether Mr Kushner complied with the law and also asking him to make public all meetings he had with foreign officials during the campaign and transition.
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