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It's been one year since Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to the president, assumed office, but he's yet to receive full security clearance for his role in the White House. The unprecedented delay in clearance represents a violation of security norms and suggests that Kushner continues to receive special treatment due to his relationship to President Donald Trump, according to legal experts familiar with the process. The White House has maintained that the delay is "completely normal," and that there is extra scrutiny for advisers like Kushner who need the highest level of clearance. A White House official said that the process can take around 300 days: it's now been 362.

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"It's not normal," Jordan Libowitz, communications director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told Newsweek. "Jared has had issues with accuracy, both in his security clearance forms and financial disclosures. He's had to amend his forms to add quite a few contacts with Russians, and he's amended his financial disclosures 39 times. One or two times, no one would bat an eye, but this is unprecedented."

Kushner currently works under an interim security clearance, which is a temporary fix that allows him to work with sensitive materials on issues like brokering peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, criminal justice reform and the opioid crisis in the U.S. Even while investigators look into Kushner's involvement with his family's real estate developments, he continues to be allowed access to classified information that requires clearance, something that some experts say is concerning. His stake in a New York City building development is enough of an issue to possibly warrant suspension of his interim clearance.

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It's doubtful that Kushner would be allowed to keep his job in the White House if it weren't for his close familial relationship with the president, says Libowitz.

I'm beginning to think it's doubtful that Trump would be allowed to have a security clearance if he wasn't president. And Kushner isn't the only one with questionable credentials Trump brought into the WH:

Hungarian Police Have A Warrant Out For Former Trump Advisor Sebastian Gorka

Gorka's warrant on gun charges was in effect the entire time he was in the White House.

Whether or not Gorka possessed a security clearance during his months in Trump administration is also at question, with reports suggesting he had none. A background check prior to the issuance of a clearance likely would have turned up Gorka's warrant.

www.buzzfeed.com

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 12:40 PM | Reply

This whole thing is B.S.

As a Private in the U.S. Army, it took me two years to finalize my Top Secret w/SCI. And that's probably nowhere near the type clearance Kushner needs..

#2 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-18 01:35 PM | Reply

#2 As the son-in-law of the president and one of his WH advisors, I would hope that Jared's clearance would be fast tracked in a way no private in the US Army's would be.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 01:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It is clear the rules don't apply to the Trump crime family.

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-01-18 02:31 PM | Reply

#3,

Understood, but at one time, there was a three year backlog on clearances..

What I'm saying is, it's not the admin's fault for the backlog in clearance's..

#5 | Posted by boaz at 2018-01-18 02:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

This whole thing is B.S.

As a Private in the U.S. Army, it took me two years to finalize my Top Secret w/SCI. And that's probably nowhere near the type clearance Kushner needs..

#2 | Posted by boaz

Not sure how they do in the dumbass Army thee days but when I was in the Marines and afterwards when I worked for the military if you had no clearance you had no access. Period. You were assigned non classified duties until you were cleared.

But, then again this amateur administration actually allows Russian spies right into the Oval Office.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-18 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Another former White House staffer that did not have a clearance the whole time he was in the White House was Sebastian Gorka.

Turns out this creep has had an international warrant for his arrest since Sept. 17, 2016... the whole time he was int eh White House and no one was apparently even ware of it.

Like I said... amateurs. These idiots are a clear and present danger and a threat to our National Security. America cannot be rid of these keystone cops soon enough.

www.buzzfeed.com

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-18 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

there was a three year backlog on clearances...

Nothing hasn't changed; there is still something like a 600 day wait til final resolution with work being done on interim badges. The system was updated after the DoD hacks and Snowden leaks to make the process even slower.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-18 07:49 PM | Reply

Nothing hasn't
It [backlog of cases/wait time] hasn't changed*

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-18 07:53 PM | Reply

A top Democrat is pushing his Republican counterpart to subpoena the White House for Flynn and Kushner documents

The top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is pressing the Republican committee chairman on Thursday to subpoena the White House for documents related to top White House officials' security clearances.

www.businessinsider.com

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-18 11:59 PM | Reply

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"What I'm saying is, it's not the admin's fault for the backlog in clearance's..
#5 | POSTED BY BOAZ"

I assume you disclosed, and did not omit or hide, the information required to get your clearance. Unlike Kushner.

No Apostrophe Necessary.

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-01-19 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3,
Understood, but at one time, there was a three year backlog on clearances..
What I'm saying is, it's not the admin's fault for the backlog in clearance's..

#5 | POSTED BY BOAZ

That's swell. So I assume you just were given Top Secret security clearance for 2 years until the background check was officially completed?

And we should do the same for anyone Trump appoints but with even higher access?

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-19 02:52 PM | Reply

...which is a good thing.

#13 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-19 03:04 PM | Reply

Turns out this creep has had an international warrant for his arrest since Sept. 17, 2016... the whole time he was int eh White House and no one was apparently even ware of it. - #7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-18 05:00 PM
Why do you insist on lyi...err...embellishing the story in an untruthful way?

Took me 18 months for my original TS clearance, but that was in the 90's.

#14 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-01-19 03:05 PM | Reply

Handelsblatt Global‏ @HandelsblattGE

Deutsche Bank reported questionable transactions involving President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, or people or businesses near him, to German securities regulators and will forward the info to special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
8:22 AM - 19 Jan 2018

(The English-language edition of Germany's leading business and financial daily)

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-19 03:42 PM | Reply

Deutsche Bank Investigating Jared Kushner, His Companies For Suspicious Money Transfers

www.ibtimes.com

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-19 03:53 PM | Reply

More on GAL's link:

"According to Buzzfeed News, Mueller and his team are now investigating financial transactions between the Russian government and businesses or individuals inside the United States that they deem suspicious.

The transactions so far revealed that 10 days after Trump was elected, former Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak had received $120,000 in a transaction marked payroll. At the time, bankers flagged it to the U.S. government [Mueller] as suspicious as it did not fit previous pay patterns.

Bankers reported another transaction of the embassy's bank account, regarding an attempt to withdraw $150,000 cash, five days after Trump's inauguration. Here too, the attempted transaction was reported [to Mueller] on account of the fact that it was an abnormal activity for that account."

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My, my, my ~~ If this involves Trump/Kushner, could they possibly have been more obvious.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-19 04:29 PM | Reply

The stock market is up. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.
--dems during Obama's presidency--
OOPS, wrong!

--REPUGS UNDER TRUMP PRESIDENCY--

#18 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-19 04:32 PM | Reply

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