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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Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign
Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.
‘Very good news’: Law prof praises Kentucky’s bipartisan compromise to allow everyone to vote by mail
The state of Kentucky was praised on Friday after a bipartisan agreement was reached to expand voting by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Any Kentucky voter wary of the risk of COVID-19 will be able to vote in the Nov. 3 general election by mailing in an absentee ballot. Voters will also have the option of casting a ballot in person during the three weeks leading up to the election, or waiting until Election Day," the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Friday.