Officials in the Trump White House reportedly turned a blind eye to allegations of wife beating that prevented one White House employee from getting a permanent security clearance because they worried that the president’s daughter and son-in-law could be caught up in the firestorm.
Following the news that the FBI had refused to sign off on Rob Porter’s security clearance due to allegations of wife beating, The New York Times noted on Monday that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was one of dozens of officials in the White House who had not been able to pass an FBI background check for a permanent security clearance.
Kushner, like Porter, has made use of a temporary security clearance designed to only be used for a few months at the most.
According to the Times, White House staff failed to follow up on Porter’s clearance because they did not want to endanger Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
People familiar with the security clearance process in Mr. Trump’s White House said it was widely acknowledged among senior aides that raising questions about unresolved vetting issues in a staff member’s background would implicitly reflect on Mr. Kushner’s status, as well — a situation made more awkward because Mr. Kushner is married to the president’s daughter Ivanka.
Read the entire report here.