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Kushner Loses Top-Secret Clearance

by Countable | 2.28.18

What’s the story?

  • President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, has had his interim high-level security clearance downgraded.

  • White House Chief of Staff John Kelly downgraded Kushner’s clearance from "top secret" to “secret” last Friday.

  • Kushner’s clearance will remain downgraded until his background check is fully completed.

Why does it matter?

  • The move prevents Kushner from attending certain National Security Council meetings or seeing highly classified intelligence.

  • Kushner’s attorney told the AP that his client’s ability to do his job won’t be affected by the downgraded. "Those involved in the [background check] process again have confirmed that there are dozens of people at Mr. Kushner's level whose process is delayed, that it is not uncommon for these clearance reviews to take this long in a new administration, and that the current backlogs are now being addressed," his attorney said.

  • On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that "officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner…by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience."

What do you think?

Should Kushner have his security clearance reinstated? Is this something Congressional intelligence committees should look into? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

(Photo Credit: Joint Chiefs of Staff via Flickr)

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  • Countryfirst
    03/02/2018
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    Follow the money and you'll find Russia and you'll find a little pasty being used by foreign governments..he needs to be GONE NOW..JAIL IS HIS NEXT HOME!

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  • no-complacency
    02/28/2018
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    Hold them to the standards that every previous administration has held! This is the most corrupt and overtly dangerously incompetent group of buffoons to occupy the White House!!!

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  • Mark
    03/02/2018
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    A step that should have been taken months ago. We are past investigations and calls of dissatisfaction. The Trump administration, knowingly or not is a clear and present danger to the security and welfare of the United States of America. It is time that congress acts to impeach and if necessary prosecute and punish Donald J Trump for his incompetence and his indiscretions.

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    03/02/2018
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    Maybe the US should bring back beheadings like Conservatives used to do.....Its just business.....That’s how things get done, ehhhhh.....

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  • NoHedges
    03/01/2018
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    I would like the scope of the Russian investigation expanded to include a granular analysis of the events and circumstances that have led up to the both the Las Vegas Massacre and the Valentines' Day Massacre. I find the timing of both of these tragic losses of American lives to be highly suspicious and in need of further examination for possible contributing factors.

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/02/2018
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    Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are two of the supremely unqualified, self aggrandizing, selfish money grubbers surrounding #45 whose appointees mirror his own failings. Daily emoluments, incredibly mishandled government business to add profits to their coffers at all cost, all make America foolish to be world and terrifying to Americans. Corrupt from top to bottom is not a good template for the White House. Get them out before it’s too late and we have a fascist dictatorship controlling our country.

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  • M
    03/05/2018
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    The Kushners have no business being in the White House.

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  • Jayne
    03/03/2018
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    It’s a shame that he hasn’t bee approved- look at Allen the characters in the Obama’s administration and you can’t tell me that they were all approved- bias here

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  • Frank
    03/06/2018
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    Removing the average Joe's Top Secret clearance for cause is also the grounds for removing access to all classified material and even termination. It's nice to have influential relatives, keeps the big buck flowing.

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  • Langho
    03/04/2018
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    Why does he have talked Clarence it’s already been proven that he’s cheated and it’s not credible. I here we go again

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  • Shane
    03/01/2018
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    Everyone should be subject to standard operating procedure for our governments security clearance.

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