Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner this week finally gained full White House security clearance — despite the fact that he had “omitted” hundreds of contacts with foreign officials in his initial security clearance application forms.
The New York Times, which first broke the news of Kushner getting his security clearance, notes that the process took nearly a year and a half, which Trump administration officials claim was due to Kushner’s complex foreign business dealings.
When Kushner first filed his SF-86 form shortly after President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, it listed precisely zero contacts with foreign officials. After it became clear that Kushner had actually met with many foreign officials during the presidential campaign, however, he amended his form to reflect more than 100 contacts.
Kushner subsequently amended the form once again after it was revealed that he met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had met with him based on the promise that she had damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, told lawmakers at a House subcommittee oversight hearing held last year that he had “never seen that level of mistakes” on a security clearance application than what he had seen from Kushner’s original SF-86.