New reporting from NBC News has revealed how Jared Kushner’s White House application for security clearance was rejected by two security specialists but they were later overruled by their supervisor.
From NBC News: “The official, Carl Kline, is a former Pentagon employee who was installed as director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President in May 2017. Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said. They said the number of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented — it had happened only once in the three years preceding Kline’s arrival.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said the Trump White House attracted many people with untraditional backgrounds who had complicated financial and personal histories, some of which raised red flags.
Kushner’s FBI background check identified questions about his family’s business, his foreign contacts, his foreign travel, and meetings he had during the campaign, the sources said, declining to be more specific.”
The House Oversight Committee announced earlier this week that they will be launching an investigation into the White House security process.
“The Committee on Oversight and Reform is launching an in-depth investigation of the security clearance process at the White House and Transition Team in response to grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump administration,” Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said in a letter to the White House.