Rep. Ted Lieu stunned by report foreign officials tried to manipulate Jared Kushner: ‘He needs to resign’
A leading Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says White House senior advisor Jared Kushner must resign if Tuesday’s Washington Post report on foreign manipulation is true, during a Tuesday interview during “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC
Congressman Ted Leiu (D-CA), a former military prosecutor who holds the rank of colonel in the reserves, blasted Kushner as a security risk.
“Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, in trouble tonight. The Washington Post reporting that officials from the UAE, China, Israel and Mexico all privately discussed ways to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his business arrangements, financial difficulties, and lack of foreign policy experience,” Hayes noted.
“And because of his lack of permanent security clearance, his inability to obtain it, Kushner just lost his access to highly classified information,” Hayes noted.
“Your reaction to the reporting from the Washington Post that foreign governments had identified Kushner as manipulatable due to his complex financial arrangements,” Hayes wondered.
“If The Washington Post story is accurate, Jared Kushner needs to resign,” Rep. Leiu concluded.
“His mounting business debts, his complex financial arrangements and the lies he’s told on his previous FS-86 security clearance forms make him a national security liability,” Leiu continued. “We cannot have a senior White House adviser that can be manipulated and leveraged by foreign powers, that’s completely unacceptable.”
“What do you think of him losing his clearance today, 14 months after he started?” Hayes asked.
“It is a good first step, but it also means he can no longer do his job,” Leiu explained. “The president has charged him with getting a Middle-East peace plan between Israel and Palestinians, he can’t do that if he doesn’t have access to the highest levels of intelligence about what these positions are of these various entities involved.”
“And the Israelis and Palestinians won’t be able to trust Jared Kushner, if they know that our own government can’t trust him fully,” Leiu continued.