United States Federal Security Clearances are done thru a procedure OUTSIDE the American White House….
The President of the United State HAS the right to authorize a clearance for anyone he wants…
He’s the boss….
So when the media questioned the fact that Jared Kushner had a lower level security clearance, even though he had been doing Trump business in the early days of the his father-in-law’s Presidential admin stuck me as interesting….
Donald Trump isn’t a guy about procedures….
He’s guy that simply wants what he wants….
WTF would anyone think Jared Kushner wasn’t gonna get an ok?
House Democratic lawmakers are gonna be on Trump’s case about this…
Like other things?
Do NOT surprised if a judge ends making the final judgement call on if the Congress can get to the nitty gritty on the granting of the security clearance for the President’s son-in-law….
The top White House lawyer on Tuesday said the Trump administration will refuse to provide Congress with information about senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance, slamming House Democrats for “overly intrusive document requests.”
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said the administration would brief the House Oversight Committee about the White House’s process for granting security clearances, but he balked at the committee’s demand for information specific to Kushner, setting up a potential subpoena fight between the powerful House panel and the White House.
“These actions suggest that the Committee is not interested in proper oversight, but rather seeks information that it knows cannot be provided consistent with applicable law,” Cipollone wrote in a letter to Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. “We will not concede the Executive’s constitutional prerogatives or allow the Committee to jeopardize the individual privacy rights of current and former Executive Branch employees.”
In response, Cummings (D-Md.) said Cipollone “appears to be arguing that Congress has no authority to examine decisions by the Executive Branch that impact our national security.”
“The White House’s argument defies the constitutional separation of powers, decades of precedent before this committee, and just plain common sense,” the chairman added.
Cummings has accused the White House of stonewalling their demand for information, and of engaging in “repeated, significant, and ongoing abuses of the security clearance system.”
Last week he expanded the committee’s investigation into the clearance process after The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump ordered his former chief of staff to grant Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, a full security clearance despite reservations from intelligence officials….