Discussing the White House's announcement that new security clearance rules will not affect presidential aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner in spite of his more than 100 omissions of foreign contacts on his security clearance forms, Fox News host Shep Smith noted that the White House appears to be engaging in a double standard.
"An omission for most people when they fill out [security clearance form] FS-86 can be a crime, punishable by prison," Smith noted when speaking to Axios' Alayna Treene. "Not in this case, apparently."
Treene noted that Kushner had to revise his clearance forms repeatedly, especially in light of the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where he along with Donald Trump, Jr. and then-campaign chairman Paul Manfort met with a group of Russians and Kremlin-connected individuals.
His willingness to re-submit those forms, the Axios reporter noted, appears to be the White House's justification for why he is not subject to new security clearance rules placed into effect after the scandal involving former aide Rob Porter, who had an interim clearance due to FBI investigation into allegations of spousal abuse.
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