Monday, 15 October 2018
Latest news
Main » Rosenstein alerted White House two weeks ago on Kushner clearance issues

Rosenstein alerted White House two weeks ago on Kushner clearance issues

25 February 2018

Sanders did not rule out President Donald Trump using his executive authority to grant Kushner a permanent security clearance, which would circumvent the traditional process run by the White House office of personnel security. 'And I have no doubt he'll make the right decision'.

As someone who meets regularly with foreign officials and reads classified intelligence, Kushner would typically have a fast-tracked background investigation, security-clearance experts said.

"You are our most important strategic and economic partner", Turnbull told Trump, saying he's laying the groundwork for "a new phase of intensified cooperation - the next 100 years of mateship".

"It's a broken system", Trump said.

"To do this particular job without a security clearance is extraordinarily hard; just by definition, you're coming into contact with classified information every single day, and much of the material the United States team generates is classified material", one former senior U.S. official told The Jerusalem Post.

"I won't make that call".

After talking about Israel, Trump pivoted back to praising Jared and First Daughter Ivanka Trump, whom he said deserved praise for her selflessness.

The White House maintains that Kushner's work will be unaffected by the change, but won't explain why.

UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire
The final draft of the Swedish-Kuwait resolution orders the cease-fire to start 72 hours after the resolution' adoption. Medical charities say more than a dozen hospitals were hit, making it almost impossible to treat the wounded.

Trump then outlined why Kushner was integral to his grand plan to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said the new policy would "not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the President".

Trump also said his senior adviser "has done an outstanding job" and that he thinks Kushner "has been treated unfairly", according to The Hill.

A week after the call from Rosenstein, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly announced that staff members whose clearances have not been finalized will no longer be able to view top-secret information - meaning that Kushner stood to lose his status as early as Friday.

But on Friday, CNN revealed that Kushner hasn't obtained a full security clearance partly because of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, and that Kushner likely won't receive full clearance while the probe is underway.

But in an interview with the Post last summer discussing this topic, Alan Dershowitz, a prominent scholar of constitutional and criminal law who knew Kushner when he was a student at Harvard, said the FBI's clearance process was a traditional procedural hurdle - not a legal one.

The issues with granting such access on an interim basis came under scrutiny earlier this month after one of Trump's top aides, Rob Porter, was forced to step down amidst allegations of spousal abuse that were revealed in media reports.

Rosenstein alerted White House two weeks ago on Kushner clearance issues