Feb 14, 2018, 2:01 PM ET

Jared Kushner should lose security clearance, top House Democrat says


The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee is accusing White House of "showing a blatant disregard for national security."

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., pointed to the handling of the allegations leveled against now-former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who was allowed access to the White House with a temporary security clearance, and said that Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, has a similar kind of temporary security clearance.

"[Kushner] shouldn’t have the security clearance because obviously they’ve looked at it," Nadler told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "He is the president’s son-in-law and a top adviser to the president, one assumes that they’ve given some priority to examining this, and they haven’t given it to him. Which means they're not, which means they can't give it to him."

PHOTO: Jerrold Nadler participates in the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - House Judiciary Hearing at Fordham Law School, Jan. 26, 2018 in New York City. Sean Zanni/Getty Images
Jerrold Nadler participates in the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards - House Judiciary Hearing at Fordham Law School, Jan. 26, 2018 in New York City.

According to sources familiar with the matter, it's not uncommon for some clearances to take several months, nor is it uncommon to have a backlog of individuals seeking clearances.

But in Porter’s case, Nadler said, the FBI's timetable shows that the White House knew of domestic abuse allegations from Porter's two ex-wives and continued to let him have access to the Oval Office and President Donald Trump via the temporary security clearance. Nadler told ABC News that could have created a potential risk for blackmail.

When asked if John Kelly, the president's chief of staff, should be fired over the handling of Porter, Nadler replied, "Yes."

"I have to believe that [Kelly] was ultimately responsible. There may have been others too, and they may have been under direct orders from the president, for that matter. If it turns out that he was executing the direct order of the president ... then I would say that’s an excuse for him," Nader said. "But other than that, if you can’t prove that, then yes, he should step aside and so should anyone else who participates in abusing the security trust of the country.

"When they close the case they refuse the security clearance. They had to tell the chief of staff at minimum. He had to know that," he added.

Nadler is also calling for an investigation of Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, who admitted to using his private funds shortly before the 2016 election to pay $130,000 to a porn actress who had once claimed to have had an affair with Trump.

On Tuesday, FBI director Christopher Wray detailed a timeline of the Porter investigation to the Senate Intelligence Committee that contradicted the White House timeline.

According to Wray, the investigation concluded "in late July." The FBI then responded to requests for follow-up information in November and finally "administratively closed the file in January."

"Earlier this month, we received some additional information and we passed that along as well," Wray added Tuesday.

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  • Former Earthling

    If Daddy Dump can give away secrets to Russians then so can The Kush..

  • concernedvoter

    Security Clearance? LOL he never had that.. what they mean is will Jared still keep his Job without a Top Secret Security Clearance.

  • No one you know

    Rob Porter couldn't get a clearance because of domestic battery (twice) - why do you suppose Jared can't get one?

  • Cathy

    A couple of months??? It has been longer than that. Get real - - if someone hasn't been cleared by now, get them out of there.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Another one bites the dust.
    One of his economic advisors resigned today over lack of a clearance.

  • bil

    Jared is needed to read the PDB to tRump. The Orange One cannot read, and has such a short attention span Jared is needed to read it to him every day. Or at least tell him what the pics mean (not the Daniels ones). Most incompetent corrupt administration EVER.

  • Gonzo Destructo

    Lock Him Up...................Lock Him Up................Lock Him Up.....................

  • Dukedaddy

    It's been over a year since Trumpski was sworn in. The grace period for security clearance has long past. Time to clean house. Anyone who doesn't have proper clearance should be "FIRED....GET THEM OUT"!!

    Imagine the reaction Trumpski would have been if even a single person didn't have proper clearance. He would have gone ballistic!

  • sjc_1

    NO one should have access to classified information without clearance.

  • jon rhodes

    This White House is like a petri dish. It's full of scummy organisms that the president continues to favor and promote. The Trump administration is absolutely disgusting and a danger to all Americans and to many others around the world.

  • JackDaniel

    but pay to play is perfectly acceptable to dems...

  • bloggette

    How do you lose something that you never had to begin with? What he needs to lose is his job and office in the White House.

  • Prophet With Honor

    "Director Wray, is the security file on Jared Kushner still open?"
    "No Sir."
    "So he has a full clearance?"
    "No Sir."
    Are you at liberty to say why?"
    "No Sir."
    "Thank you."

  • Mary Graves

    How do you lose something you never had in the first place?