Skip To Content
Breaking News

House Democrats: Revoke Kushner’s Security Clearance Over Russia Investigation

(JTA) — Five House Democrats called for Jared Kushner’s security clearance to be revoked over his alleged ties to Russia.

In a letter co-signed by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) to FBI Director James Comey and Charles Phalen, director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, the Democrats expressed concerns over the alleged failure of the President’s son-in-law and senior advisor to disclose that he had had contacts with foreign officials on his SF-86 questionnaire. The form is used for national security positions.

Passages from the letter were published in an article Thursday on the news site The Hill.

The New York Times reported last week that Kushner omitted having communicated with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kisliyak and Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vneshconom Bank.

Ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports that he failed to disclose to senior White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, information about his contacts with Kisliyak before the President’s inauguration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last month from the Russia investigation after he didn’t disclose he had communicated with the ambassador to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We are concerned that Jared Kushner may have engaged in similar deception,” Beyer and Democrats Ted Lieu (Calif.), Jamie Raskin (Md.), Jerry Nadler (N.Y.) and Peter Welch (Vt.) wrote in the letter.

“Given the severity of the allegations and still unanswered questions about this administration’s recently uncovered covert dealing with Russian government and intelligence officials, we are requesting that Mr. Kushner’s interim top-secret security clearance be suspended pending a review of Mr. Kushner’s compliance with the laws and regulation governing security clearances,” the letter continued.

Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s lawyer, told the Times that Kushner would be happy to provide further information about his foreign contacts to the FBI.

The Senate Intelligence Committee also plans to interview Kushner as part of its investigation between the Trump administration and Russia, according to The Times.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.