Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) is not the first official to suggest that the government should revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance, but he is the first to talk on the record about prosecuting about Trump’s son-in-law.
The second term Representative, who previously served as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor and an Ambassador for President Obama, reviewed the omissions in Kushner’s required disclosures and told The Hill that, “a quick reading of the law suggests that … a security clearance could be denied just on this alone and might even be [an] indictable offense.”
In order to gain top secret security clearance, an individual is required to honestly disclose meetings and relationships with foreign officials. Kushner, however, omitted rendezvous with Russian contacts. The husband of Ivanka Trump insists that it was all an innocent mistake, but a letter from top Democrats in the House notes that it “appears to be part of a larger pattern of dissembling and deception on Russian contacts from the Trump team.”
John V. Berry, a law partner at Berry & Berry, PLLC., cited nepotism as the likely reason the FBI has not pushed forward with an investigation. If he were a “regular person,” however, Berry said “it’s very likely” he would be “charged with lack of candor for non-disclosures, in which case… you ultimately fail to get the clearance, and it would stop the processing, especially if we’re dealing with high-level foreign officials.”
It is too soon to know if Kushner will be indicted, but one thing is clear. This is yet another addition to an elaborate puzzle, with each new piece showing a stronger connection between Russia’s illegal campaign tampering and the Trump team it sought to aid.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com