Kushner fighting Kelly over losing his security clearance: report
According to a report in the New York Times, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law is resisting attempts to withdraw his provisional security clearance.
The report notes Jared Kushner is “prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on the matter.”
Kelly has set a Friday deadline to clean up the security clearance mess that has embroiled the White House.
According to the report, “Mr. Kushner’s clearance has afforded him access to closely guarded information, including the presidential daily brief, the intelligence summary Mr. Trump receives every day, but it has not been made permanent, and his background investigation is still pending after 13 months serving in Mr. Trump’s inner circle.”
Kelly is making a hard push to revamp the security clearance process, with Kushner a focal point after the dismissal of White House aide Rob Porter who resigned over wife-beating allegation that help up his clearance.
You can read the whole report here.