New Letter from Lawmakers: Revoke Ivanka Security Clearance for ‘Possibly Violating Federal Laws’
Democrats Ted Lieu and Don Beyer Pen Damning Letter To White House Over Ivanka Trump Security Clearance
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been facing increased scrutiny in recent days for a multitude of questionable actions. And now, two Democratic members of Congress, Ted Lieu of California and Don Beyer of Virginia, are asking White House Counsel Don McGahn to revoke the security clearance of the couple after a slew of damning reports involving the presidential advisers.
In a letter to the White House, the lawmakers note a number of recent stories in the press showing potential wrongdoing on the part of Trump and Kushner. They ask for Trump’s clearance to be revoked and renew their request from June to revoke the clearance of Kushner.
Recent press investigations highlight severe credibility issues with Ivanka Trump, a White House official, close advisor, and daughter to the President…These new revelations, along with the ongoing White House probe of Ms. Trump’s private email use, have compromised Ms. Trump’s integrity and credibility. We are requesting that the White House immediately revoke her security clearance pending an investigation into her actions.
Ted Lieu announced the letter on Twitter this morning.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) October 5, 2017
The letter cites reports of potentially improper use of email by Kushner and Trump that is now being investigated by the White House. The couple has been found to be using numerous personal email accounts to conduct business in the White House since January. The letter additionally points to the fines both have received for turning in financial reports late, which are required under government ethics rules, and the fact that Kushner is under investigation for his contacts with Russian officials.
It also notes the explosive report from ProPublica that Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. were close to being charged with felony fraud just a few years before their father announced his run for president. Emails showed the Trump children knew they were being deceptive about a deal involving Trump SoHo.
Charges were not pursued in 2012 after a lawyer for their father – who was also a major donor to the head of the District Attorney’s office conducting the investigation – visited the DA overseeing the group of investigators. The DA sent back an initial campaign donation of $25,000, but months later received more than $50,000 in donations from Trump’s lawyer and friends.
The Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., agreed to send back the additional money, but only after the ProPublica report came to light.
The Trumps eventually settled the case, but with one curious requirement of the plaintiffs in the case: they had to agree not to cooperate with prosecutors.
But they extracted a rare concession in return: The plaintiffs agreed not to cooperate with prosecutors unless they were subpoenaed…
Adam Leitman Bailey, the attorney for the buyers, had been helping prosecutors. Now he provided aid to the Trumps, writing a letter to the district attorney that stated: “We acknowledge that the Defendants have not violated the criminal laws of the State of New York or the United States.” In our interview with Vance, he said he had never before seen a letter where plaintiffs in a civil case asserted that no crime had been committed. “I don’t think I’d ever received a letter like it,” Vance said.
It has become clear Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may be in over their heads as White House advisers. Considering that, it’s not surprising lawmakers like Ted Lieu and Don Beyer are concerned about their actions regarding sensitive information. Revoking their security clearances until these investigations are over is the least the White House could do.
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