National Security

Jared Kushner Finally Loses Access to Top Secret Info

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Although Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has never been cleared for permanent security clearance, he has been granted access to top secret information since he joined the White House.

Politico now reports that Kushner and other White House staffers who were able to access top secret information without permanent clearance will no longer be able to do so.

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 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.

Like me, most of you are probably old enough to remember when Republicans fabricated an entire years-long controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified information. As recently as last week, Trump and other attendees at the annual vacation bible revival for unemployable cranks (CPAC) led chants of "lock her up."

To this day, multiple congressional investigations and even an FBI investigation found no evidence that Clinton ever mishandled highly sensitive information, but we know for a fact that Kushner and numerous other staffers in Trump's White House, including his former staff secretary, were given access to highly classified material without permanent security clearance.

And why doesn't Jared Kushner have clearance?

Because he's compromised up to his eyeballs in shady financial and real-estate deals stretching from Moscow to Beijing. CNN reported last week that special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation is the primary reason Kushner was never cleared.

Kushner's application for a top-level security clearance has been held up for over a year in part because it cannot be completed while the special counsel's team continues to probe Kushner's contacts with Russians and his financial dealings with foreigners, the sources said. During that time, Kushner has been able to access the government's most sensitive secrets thanks to an interim security clearance. But that access could soon be cut off -- unless Trump steps in with a waiver.

  • muselet

    This is the funniest story I’ve read in a long time. Jared Kushner, the man Donald Trump told us was going to reform government, bring peace to the Middle East and, if memory serves, cure cancer (okay, maybe memory doesn’t serve), has lost his security clearance because he keeps discovering new information which requires him to amend his financial disclosure forms.

    What part of that is not hilarious?

    (Ashby, describing CPAC as “the annual vacation bible revival for unemployable cranks” is simply brilliant. Bravo!)

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Wow. Rohra`bacher is named as having taken money campaign money from a foreign political party in Mueller indictments.
    “The lobbyists criminally violated election laws by acting as conduits for the Ukraine Party of Regions, and Rohrabacher criminally violated federal election laws by accepting the contributions. It is a federal crime for foreign political parties to directly or indirectly make campaign contributions, for individuals to act as conduits for foreign political parties in making contributions to federal candidates and for candidates to knowingly accept contributions directly or indirectly made by foreign political parties or foreign nationals. ”
    “Vin Weber and Ed Kutler, lobbyists for the Mercury Firm, appear to be just as culpable as Gates and Manafort of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act. They worked hand in hand with Rohrabacher to transfer payments they received from from Manafort, originating with the Party of Regions, to Rohrabacher and two other members of Congress.”
    washingtonpress.com/2018/02/23/mueller-just-singled-republican-congressman-unsealed-trump-russia-indictment/

    • Victor the Crab

      Because it’s not on the same level of shady corruption and pure evil as Hillary’s emails. DUUUUUUUH!!!!!

      • Badgerite

        Well of course. Silly me.

  • Georgie
    • Aynwrong

      HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!

    • JMAshby

      But Tiffany is probably going to be the last one standing. Maybe she’s the smart one.

      • Scopedog

        And Barron. They are the two youngest…but they are somehow free of the toxic nature that’s infected their father and older siblings.

  • Aynwrong

    After years of fake outrage

    • Scopedog

      “But her emails” is still the religion of a few–namely far-Left nutballs like H.A. Goodman and Jimmy Dore. And believe it or not, they also tried to justify why Jared should not be subjected to the shitstorm that Hillary was–even though a) Hillary did nothing wrong and b) Jared is corrupt as fuck.

  • Username1016

    Lock him up.