Donald Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner loses access to top-level meetings

Donald Trump's senior adviser Jared Kushner loses access to top-level meetings

Kerry Wise
March 2, 2018

"Now obviously, there's important context here, in terms of what's going on with Jared Kushner and concerns about him in the White House", Maddow reminded.

Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, was repeatedly forced to amend his security application forms over the past year due to his global dealings.

Kushner was among several other White House aides whose background checks have still not been completed.

Intelligence officials expressed concern that Kushner's business dealings were a topic of discussion in conversations he was having with foreign officials about foreign policy issues of interest to the US government, a former intelligence official said.

Bernstein said that Kushner's security clearance issues and financial dealings while serving as a senior White House adviser could become focal points in Mueller's probe on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians in the 2016 election.

This blurring of lines is a potential liability for Kushner, who recently lost his top-secret security clearance amid worries from some USA officials that foreign governments might try to gain influence with the White House by doing business with Kushner.

We know that his businesses have had multiple bankruptcies.

The report said that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster was taken aback by some of Kushner's foreign contacts.

According to U.S tax records, Kushner was also co-director of a family foundation that donated tens of thousands of dollars to Israeli settlement groups in the Occupied Territories.

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According to the Washington Post, officials from at least four countries have "privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner".

Kushner's contacts with foreign officials also have been a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, a former US official told the AP.

Mirijanian, the spokesperson for Kushner's lawyer, said Mueller had not sought from the Kushner Cos. or Kushner "any information or document concerning any business dealing either has had".

Kushner resigned as CEO of the real estate business in early January 2017, but he still retained some of his interest in the company. "That is a real liability when intelligence services are driving a lot of the information".

His status had given him access to classified information, including the president's daily briefing and intelligence summary.

Despite the clearance downgrade, the president has the unilateral authority to share classified information as he sees fit, including with his son-in-law.

The White House's handling of security clearances has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of revelations that former White House staff secretary Rob Porter had worked for more than a year with only interim clearance.

That moment was quickly followed by calls from the media and public for Ivanka to quit since it was actually inappropriate for her to take a job at the White House in the first place.

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