'No excuses': NY Times editorial board warns that Jared Kushner must face the hearing 'hot seat'
Jared Kushner holds a news conference on government efficiency (Screen cap).

On Wednesday, The New York Times editorial board warned that President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner must be held accountable for how and why he received a security clearance.


It was reported that Trump "pressured" his aides to bypass the vetting process and grant Kushner and Ivanka Trump a security clearance.

Kushner, who serves as a White House adviser was a part of a long list of people who were asked by The House Judiciary Committee to turn over documents related to a probe into the president.

"This request landed just as the continuing tussle was heating up between Mr. Kushner and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is examining claims that Mr. Trump arranged to have his son-in-law granted top-secret security clearance over the objections of intelligence officials," the board wrote.

Even though Kushner works with foreign affairs, it's still unclear why he would need access to classified information.

"However Democrats proceed, Mr. Kushner’s peculiar role in his father-in-law’s White House has prompted widespread concern that is both broader and more specific than the generic questions of accountability and competence often raised by raw nepotism," the report said.

"Putting a member of the president’s family in the investigatory hot seat is a delicate business. Voters can get squeamish watching a politician’s wife or daughter or son-in-law field tough questions. That’s no excuse for letting them avoid accountability," the report said.

Read the full editorial here.