House Democrats: Revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance over alleged Russian Federation ties

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U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said on CNN Friday that President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner committed perjury when he told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he did not meet with foreign officials as part of obtaining his top-secret level security clearance. Mr. Kushner signed a legal document that withheld details about significant meetings with foreign officials, including meetings with allies and emissaries of Vladimir Putin.

In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, the lawmakers cited Jared Kushner's failure to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he filled out an application for a security clearance.

The New York Times reported last week that Kushner omitted having communicated with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Sergey Gorkov, the head of the government-owned Vnesheconombank.

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"We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception", the lawmakers wrote in their letter. It will require experimenting with new ideas, building evidence about what works, and using evidence to inform policy decisions.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last month from the Russian Federation investigation after disclosures that he concealed his meetings with the ambassador during his Senate confirmation hearings.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has said it plans to interview Kushner over his role arranging meetings between campaign advisers and foreign leaders such as the Russian ambassador. Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Peter WelchPeter WelchHouse Democrats call for revoking Kushner's security clearance Pelosi seeks to unify Dems on ObamaCare fixes Sanders says he will introduce "Medicare for all" bill MORE (Vt.). Those who have made false statements may also be denied a security clearance.

The letter to Comey and Phalen notes that "knowingly falsifying or concealing information" on the particular official government forms in question "is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison". According to Politico, several high-profile members of the tech community talked with Kushner and other White House insiders about, among other topics, upgrading federal computer networks.