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White House must lie about Kushner because it’s ’embarrassing’ he can’t be trusted: National security reporter

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National security reporter Ken Dilanian thinks that the main reason that the White House is lying about Jared Kushner’s recent nepotism example is that they’re all embarrassed.

It was reported this week that President Donald Trump personally asked that his son-in-law be given top security clearance so that he could attend meetings and work on the extensive docket he’s taken over. Both the FBI and CIA had reservations about Kushner’s clearance because his international relationships could put him in a position to be manipulated.

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MSNBC host Kasie Hunt asked why the White House all lied about it.

“You can only theorize but why lie? Because it’s embarrassing to have to do that because your son-in-law cannot qualify for a security clearance,” said Dilanian. “The career specialist who looked at Jared Kushner’s application concluded he could not be trusted or should not be trusted with the nation’s secrets and they were overruled.”

He noted that NBC News reported the whistleblower complaint from a staffer who was ordered to dismiss the rules and procedures to authorize Kushner’s clearance.

Those working on the background checks were so “freaked out about this decision; they felt they had to write it down,” noted Hunt.

“This is both an FBI background check for one level of clearance and CIA background check for a different level of clearance,” Dilanian continued. “They both flagged significant concerns about foreign influence in Jared Kushner’s background. He failed to list his foreign contacts when he filled out his form, which most people say from a regular person would exclude you. He had special treatment, and he got more special treatment and raised a host of questions.”

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Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker clarified that none of this is a normal thing that happens in every administration. The White House has normalized it, but Rucker explained it’s a charade.

“In a traditional, normal White House, someone who is a senior adviser to the president, if they’re not able to get a security clearance for whatever reason, they’re no longer the security adviser to the president,” Rucker said. “They don’t hang in these job two years waiting for clearance and having the president intervene.”

While this is within the authority of a president, it’s not generally something that’s done, according to Rucker.

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“And we should also point out just the pattern of deception on this issue, the president has lied about it repeatedly, the White House staff has lied about it repeatedly, Ivanka Trump lied about it,” he continued. “Although I don’t know how much she personally knew about the circumstances. But people have not been truthful and honest and transparent with the American people about the process, even though it’s allowed.”

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Trump forced to pay up after his charity is exposed as a sham

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Donald Trump on Tuesday paid $2 million in damages as part of a settlement over use of his former charity to further his political and business interests -- the latest item on the US president's list of legal woes.

Trump had been accused of using foundation funds to settle lawsuits, promote his Trump-branded hotels, and for personal spending, including the purchase of a portrait of himself to display at one of his golf clubs.

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Despite all the likely illegal acts President Donald Trump has committed, despite the high crimes and misdemeanors he is being charged with – a list that in reality could have been exponentially larger – a small group of vulnerable House Democrats is actually trying to block the impeachment of this president and instead vote to censure him.

Calling it a “longshot idea,” Politico reports nearly all of the small group of Democrats serve in districts won by Trump in 2016. They are willing to do the wrong thing to keep their seats.

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GOP scrambles to save it’s only Latina congresswoman as she heads towards a ‘fatal collision’ with Trump’s tribal politics

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Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is female, Hispanic, and a rare sight when it comes to Republicans on the West Coast, who have seen their female ranks in the House cut in half since 2011. As she prepares to run for reelection, the fact that she doesn't represent the typical GOP ideals in 2019 creates challenges in and of themselves. But as a report from POLITICO this Wednesday points out, Republicans are committed to protecting her.

"But as the daily war machine hits overdrive with the impeachment proceedings, Herrera Beutler is wary of what message she is expected to deliver," POLITICO's Rishika Dugyala and Melanie Zanonaes write. "Yes, she voted against the impeachment inquiry in October, but she is far from an unquestioning supporter of President Donald Trump. In fact, she is open about the fact she wrote in former House Speaker Paul Ryan's name on her ballot in 2016. And yes, she subscribes to the party’s beliefs on Obamacare repeal and a barrier on the southern border. But she voted against the GOP’s health care bill to replace much of Obamacare, which would have left millions uncovered. And she was one of 13 Republicans who rebuked Trump for his national wall emergency, saying it set a 'dangerous' precedent to circumvent Congress. Matt Gaetz, she is not."

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