Democrats Want Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Documents From The White House

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It appears that an investigation into security clearance records for the Trump administration isn't going to take place without a fight. Last week, the House Oversight & Reform Committee reiterated that Democratic members want Jared Kushner's security clearance documents, but a lawyer for the White House said on Tuesday that they have no intention of obliging, per Politico. What's more, he argued that the request by the committee is "overly intrusive" and "not consistent with applicable law," according to the publication.

In January, the committee first announced an investigation into the security clearance process at the White House. Then, last week, The New York Times released a report that POTUS had allegedly ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to approve Kushner's clearance last year, despite several supposed red flags. Trump denied any involvement in any security clearance process in a January interview with The New York Times.

On March 1, Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings wrote a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, following up on the January investigation with a renewed request for documents and scheduled interviews. Cummings wrote,

Now, the White House is hitting back.

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On Monday evening, Cipollone said in a letter to Cummings that he would brief the committee with general information about how the administration goes through the security clearance process, but wouldn't hand over anything specific to Kushner. Via Politico, Cipollone wrote,

Cummings issued a statement of response to Cipollone on Tuesday afternoon, writing,

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Cummings concluded, "The White House security clearance system is broken, and it needs both congressional oversight and legislative reform. I will be consulting with Members of the Committee to determine our next steps."

The back and forth between Cipollone and Cummings on Tuesday came a few hours before the latest report on White House security clearances: on Tuesday evening, CNN reported that Trump allegedly pressured Kelly to give his daughter, Ivanka Trump, a security clearance as well. Bustle has reached out to the White House for comment. The new report directly contradicts a claim Ivanka made three weeks ago in an ABC News interview, in which she maintained her father had "no involvement" in her or her husband's security clearance processes.