aside President’s Son-In-Law And SR. Advisor Jared Kushner’s Clearance Level Has Been Downgraded

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It finally happened. After 14 months of the republican President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner not being able to be cleared by the FBI, where his interim clearance level is no longer adequate, will be losing access to classified data like the president’s daily briefing book complied by the US intelligence community.

Here is the rest of the story… 

On February 27, 2018, Eliana Johnson and Andrew Restuccia of Politico penned the following report, “Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence” (“A memo sent Friday downgraded the presidential son-in-law and adviser and other White House aides who had been working on interim clearances.”)

Excerpts:

“Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access.”

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“Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were informed in a memo sent Friday (2/23/18) that their clearances would be downgraded to the Secret level, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.”

“The SCI acronym stands for sensitive compartmentalized information, a category of information that comes from sensitive intelligence sources and must be walled off.”

“The memo was not signed by chief of staff John Kelly, but it comes as the retired Marine general and other top White House aides are grappling with the fallout of a scandal involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, which revealed that dozens of White House aides had yet to receive permanent clearances but nonetheless had access to some of the country’s deepest secrets.”

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“The president has the ability to grant Kushner a permanent clearance, but Trump said Friday (2/23/18) — the same day the memo was sent — that he was leaving the decision to his chief of staff.”

“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” Trump told reporters. “I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”

(The White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said), “We actually haven’t commented on Jared’s issue indicated, but we have commented on his ability to do his job. Which, he’s a valued member of the team and he will continue to do the important work that he’s been doing since he’s started in the administration.””Kushner’s attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement that Kushner “has done more than what is expected of him in this process.”Image result for photos of jared kushner

“Lowell added that the changes would “not affect Mr. Kushner’s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president.”

“Friday’s decision is the first change to the clearance process instituted in the wake of the Porter debacle that will directly affect Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump and has until now had access to the president’s daily brief, the most highly-classified document that Trump sees.”

“Kelly took the rare step last week of issuing a public statement that Kushner would be able to continue his work in the White House unfettered.”

“As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said in the statement.”

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“It was unclear whether Kushner would need access to top secret information to continue performing those duties — and whether Kelly was prepared to enact a policy that could be perceived as a jab at the president’s son-in-law.”

“The decision to downgrade White House still working on interim clearances, however, indicates that Kelly is prepared to impose the same sort of discipline on the White House clearance process that he has tried to impose on the West Wing staff more broadly.”

“The American people deserve a White House staff that meets the highest standards and that has been carefully vetted — especially those who work closely with the president or handle sensitive national security information,” Kelly told colleagues in a memo circulated on Feb. 16. “We should — and in the future, must — do better.”

14 comments

    • Dear The Warner,

      It is my best guess that the US IC community leaked this and other pertinent information. They don’t want him near all this classified information and they are right in their assessment.

      I just hopes this sticks.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Gronda, this is a much needed first step. Also interesting is Rogers’ testimony that the NSA still has not been ordered to stop Russia meddling. Comrade Trump does not want to offend his boss. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      It is becoming more and more obvious that President Trump is under the thumb of Russia’s President Putin. The GOP should be the Government of Putin.

      Crustyolemothman is wondering if republicans want Russia’s assistance because they can’t win without cheating.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Nan,

      You are right. Mr. Kushner could do the reading to possibly use the collected data to give a boost to both their financial portfolios while the president has plausible deniability. What’s the president to do now?.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear John Fioravanti,

      If I’m right, the US Intelligence Community do not want him near this classified data. Let’s see what else is revealed. But you are right. If the president has his way,it will just be business as usual.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    It would seem that most news reporters are failing to acknowledge that Mz. Huckabee also has lost her clearance, along with a host of other, not quite so visible members of the cartel! I do however suspect that this will in no way actually truly happen on anything except the surface, and most will continue to have access as they desire..

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