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Told you so: Democrats who had flagged Kushner’s sham security clearance do victory lap

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One of the House Democrats who raised concerns about presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner in 2017 noted on Twitter Thursday that his worries appear to have been shared by White House security officials amid new reporting from NBC.

NBC News reported earlier in the night that two career White House security officials tried to block Kushner’s top-secret clearance — but were overruled by their supervisor, who’d joined the Trump administration in May 2017.

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After the news broke, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) posted on Twitter that in April 2017, he and a group of fellow House Democrats raised “concerns about Jared Kushner’s security clearance for the first time.”

“All we knew then was that he’d omitted meetings from his SF-86 [clearance application], a potential violation of law,” Beyer tweeted. “We asked that his clearance be suspended pending investigation.”

When the Virginia congressman and his colleagues wrote that “Kushner cannot be trusted,” they didn’t know “that behind the scenes career national security professionals were agreeing” with them.

“But they did agree with us, and were overruled,” Beyer wrote. “The normal line adjudicators looked at the FBI report…saw the foreign influence concerns, but were overruled by the quasi-political supervisor.”

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The congressman noted that the FBI told he and his colleagues that although investigations “are conducted by career national security personnel.. the final decision was made at the White House, within the Trump Administration.”

In the rest of the thread, Beyer noted that NBC’s reporting revealed not just that objections to Kushner’s clearance were overruled, but that a Trump-appointed official did the same with as many as 30 other objectionable applications.

“Thoughout that period, even as the White House was reportedly pulling levers to help Kushner, just as we feared, Congressional Republicans refused to investigate,” he wrote. “Now Dems control the House and the period of no accountability is over.”

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“We have said from the beginning that the White House cannot be trusted,” Breyer concluded. “They lie too much. We said that Jared Kushner cannot be trusted to have a clearance. He ‘omits’ too much. Time to find out who knew what when, and past time for Kushner to go.”


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BUSTED: Trump-loving sheriff tried to murder deputy who caught him on tape making racist remarks

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A North Carolina Sheriff and Trump supporter reportedly plotted to murder a man who had a tape of him making racially offensive remarks, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

Granville County Sheriff Brindell Wilkins was indicted Monday, based on a recording of Brindell advising a man on how to kill a former deputy who accused him of racist language.

According to court records, the sheriff told another person to “take care of it” and “the only way you gonna stop him is kill him.”

He instructed him to get rid of the weapon. “You ain’t got the weapon, you ain’t got nothing to go on,” Wilkins said. “The only way we find out these murder things is people talk. You can’t tell nobody, not a thing.” The conversation took place in 2014.

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Judiciary Democrats schedule Trump ‘corruption’ hearing on ’emoluments and profiting off the presidency’

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The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a "corruption" hearing on President Donald Trump's business practices.

The committee on Tuesday, which is controlled by Democrats, posted a notification about the hearing on its website.

The hearing is titled "Presidential Corruption: Emoluments and Profiting Off the Presidency." It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at 2 pm. A witness list was not immediately available.

Trump's opponents have argued that he has violated the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting off foreign dignitaries who visit his hotels and restaurants.

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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