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Mueller must investigate why Jared Kushner was declared ‘unclearable’ by CIA for security briefings: ex-prosecutor

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Special counsel Robert Mueller needs to investigate why White House senior advisor Jared Kushner failed to pass the normal security clearance process, a former federal prosectuor explained on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” on Saturday.

Host Joy Reid interviewed former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade.

Reid began by showing a clip of Kushner from the summer of 2017 where he denied colluding with Russia during the 2016 campaign.

“My name is Jared Kushner, I am senior adviser to President Donald J. Trump,” Kushner said at the White House. “Let me be very clear, I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”

“I had no improper contacts,” he claimed.

“Donald Trump’s son-in-law had so many foreign entanglements that two career security specialists at the White House recommended that he not receive a top security clearance, citing concerns about potential foreign influence on Kushner, that’s according to two sources familiar with the matter,” Reid explained.

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The rejection was overruled by Carl Kline, the director of the Office of Personnel Security.

“If you’re Robert Mueller, are you thinking about calling in Carl Kline and asking him about this, given that what’s being investigated according to The New York Times is whether the president of the United States might be an agent of a foreign power?” Reid asked.

“I think so,” McQuade replied.

“And not just merely to look at whether, you know, Jared Kushner made false statements on his clearance forms, background forms, or are at risk of some sort of security concern, but whether this is part of the same conspiracy,” she explained.

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McQuade wondered if “the sharing of classified information” may have been “part of this conspiracy” with Russia.

“I think it absolutely fits within the scope of that investigation and so why — you know, Carl Kline, it’s a legitimate question to ask him, ‘Why did you overrule the opinions of career intelligence professionals thirty times in this administration?’ I think that’s a fair question,” she concluded.

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Trump biographer mocks president for humiliating foreign policy ‘triple fail’

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Trump biographer Timothy O'Brien on Monday published a column for Bloomberg in which he mocked the president for suffering a humiliating foreign policy "triple fail" that exposed his presidency's biggest weaknesses.

In his column, O'Brien pointed out that Trump's threats of major actions against Mexico and Iran never amounted to anything, while also noting that the president backed off his plans to begin the mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.

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How the New York Times creates credibility for Trump

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There’s a good reason why the Times decided against running on its front page news of the latest woman to accuse the president of rape. The Times still does journalism the way it always has. It gives people in power the never-ending benefit of the doubt.

When you are willing to give people in power the benefit of the doubt no matter how many times they have proven they are unworthy of that benefit, it’s not all that important when the 16th person comes forward credibly to accuse Donald Trump of anything, even if, in the case of columnist E. Jean Carroll, the allegation is rape.

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Ex-Trump aide Jason Miller forced out of posh legal job after profane rant against House Judiciary chair

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Another former advisor to President Donald Trump is being "retired" from their position after a social media rant about House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the Daily Beast reported.

Miller was working as a managing director at a prominent Washington, D.C. consulting firm before the rant, but after it is "parting ways."

“I have parted ways with Teneo by mutual consent and look forward to formally announcing my next move in the coming weeks,” Miller said in a statement. “Teneo is an incredible firm and without a doubt the premier CEO consultancy on the planet. They have always been great to me and I’m proud to have called them teammates for the past two and a half years.”

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