A pair of top House Democrats just referred the President’s top advisor and son-in-law to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution for lying on his controversial security clearance forms.
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Jared Kushner held a series of meetings with foreign government dignitaries and bankers during the transition period, yet turned in a completely blank SF-86 security clearance disclosure form at the start of the Trump Administration.
Trump and his daughter Ivanka both invested considerable efforts into misleading the public about how Kushner gained his top-secret security clearance, which the Times recently revealed only happened over the objections of former Chief of Staff John Kelly and ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn, both of whom memorialized their objections in writing.
Now, both Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA) have taken matters into their own hands and referred Jared Kushner to be investigated for violating the false statements act. They wrote:
Lying to the public, though disgraceful and unethical, is not ispofacto a criminal act. Lying on one’s SF-86 Questionnaire for National Security Positions, however, is a federal crime under 18 US Code § 1001 punishable by up to ﬁve years in prison.
It was previously reported that Mr. Kushner had to submit at least three separate addenda detailing over 100 omissions, including the infamous June 2016 meeting he attended in Trump Tower where Russian agents offered “dirt” on then-candidate Hillary Clinton.
He also failed to report his meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak and the head of Russian-owned bank Vnesheconombank.
Donald Trump’s eldest son and his convicted felony former campaign chairman also attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting with an agent of the Russian government, but neither of them applied for government jobs requiring “top secret” clearance like Jared Kushner, which is why he is in hot water today for failing to inform the FBI’s background investigators about the meetings.
Kushner is also studiously ignoring Congressional requests for emails and other information about his ties to Russia.
Trump’s son in law has a long and close personal relationship with far-right extremist Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who just got indicted on corruption charges by his country’s Attorney General. He spent the presidential transition negotiating a billion dollar deal with the head of a Chinese insurance company who was just sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for embezzling $10 billion last year.
Those deep foreign ties don’t even touch on Jared Kushner’s most controversial contacts in the Middle East with the Saudi Arabian regime (whose murderous Crown Prince openly brags that he’s ‘in their pocket) and the Emirate of Qatar, whose investment managers bailed out his failed real estate deal in Manhattan last year.
Mexico, China, and the Saudi-allied United Arab Emirates have also been known to brag about the ease of manipulating Kushner, whose primary credential for the job is a Harvard degree he obtained after his dad practically stapled a $2.5 million dollar check to his entrance application.
“The President and his son-in-law have made a mockery of the security clearance process,” the Congressmen explained, noting that legitimate clearances are solely based on merit.
It’s no wonder why Donald Trump relates so closely to Kushner, since both are second-generation genetic lottery winners and both have a penchant for engineering spectacular failures in New York real estate.
But that doesn’t mean that the American people deserve to have an un-elected criminally deceptive trust fund baby in the White House and viewing exceptionally important information when numerous foreign nations have already picked him out as a rube or mark.
Hopefully, the Department of Justice’s career officials, many of whom obtained their security clearances by enduring a rigorous background check, can step in and correct the problem of Donald Trump’s nepotistic decision-making process by filing any criminal charges that the facts support.
Donald Trump will get away with giving out security clearance to Jared Kushner, but the looming criminal investigation is probably why experts agree that just because he could improperly give out security clearance, doesn’t mean that he should have.
Read the complete criminal referral letter here:
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 5, 2019