Trump, at event at White House, was asked about Jared Kushner's security clearance. He avoided the question and said "I guess we got 81 letters" and the Democrats have started the campaign because they're angry about losing so many races in 2016. "So the campaign begins," he said
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) March 5, 2019
First Jared, now Ivanka. President Trump pressured John Kelly and Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, per ?@PamelaBrownCNN? ?@kaitlancollins? https://t.co/xGlELqXN07
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 6, 2019
Per the Washington Post:
The White House has rebuffed House Democrats’ request for documents pertaining to the security clearance process, a move that drastically increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.
In a letter to House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), White House Counsel Pat A. Cipollone said the committee request for the information was “without legal support, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”…
The standoff comes just days after reports that President Trump directed his then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner a security clearance despite concerns from the intelligence community. The New York Times first reported the news, which was later confirmed by The Washington Post.
Cummings, however, has been asking questions about the security clearance process for months, even garnering bipartisan support for his inquiry last Congress.
In a statement, Cummings rejected the White House lawyer’s assertion that Congress does not have jurisdiction over security clearance matters.
“There is a key difference between a president who exercises his authority under the Constitution and a president who overrules career experts and his top advisers to benefit his family members and then conceals his actions from the American people,” Cummings said. “The White House’s argument defies the constitutional separation of powers, decades of precedent before this committee, and just plain common-sense. The White House security clearance system is broken, and it needs both congressional oversight and legislative reform.”…
Haven't I seen this movie before….??? pic.twitter.com/57oTfbgB9Z
— (((C???????????? ????????????))) (@ced003) March 5, 2019
BREAKING: Two Members of Congress just referred Jared Kushner to the DoJ for criminal prosecution for lying on his security clearance forms.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 5, 2019
By “pressure on” he means “criminal conviction of”… https://t.co/CRzRpL24KN
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) March 6, 2019
If you're watching GOP outrage at Dems demanding documents from the Trump admin, please check out my October 2016 piece about the GOP's plans to probe Hillary if she won. https://t.co/Oyn9AVWZEo
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 4, 2019
— Catherine Rampell (@crampell) March 5, 2019