Jared Kushner

New York Times Column Takes Aim At Kushner’s Security Clearance

In his column “All Roads Now Lead to Kushner,” published Thursday in The New York Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof made a very clear demand: revoke Jared Kushner’s security clearance immediately.

Recent revelations that Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort met with a “Russian government attorney” in June 2016 after an email exchange offering high-level and sensitive information against Hillary Clinton has left the Trump’s credibility in tatters, Kristof argues.

Kristof offered two ways forward.

Just a day after Trump Jr. received the first email floating the possibility of dirt on Clinton, his father announced he would soon hold a major speech with surprising revelations about her. That speech never took place, but its announcement narrowly preceded the first leak of stolen Democratic materials. Despite this, the Trump team insists that the president knew nothing about the Russian’s offer.

But Kushner did know — he was there. And he failed to report that meeting (and others) while filing paperwork to receive his security clearance. That meeting, says Kristof, gave the Russians potential leverage over the Trumps.

Furthermore, investigators for Congress and the Justice Department are looking into whether the Trump campaign’s digital operations, supervised by Kushner, helped guide Russian efforts to target voters with fake news.

“Look, this is a murky, complicated issue,” Kristof continued:

Michael Heckle is the Forward opinion summer fellow and ASME associate.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

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