House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Tuesday dropped the hammer on Carl Kline, the former security specialist who signed off on security clearance for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
After Kline said he would take the White House’s advice and defy a congressional subpoena, Cummings said that he intends to schedule a vote to hold Kline in contempt of Congress.
“The White House and Mr. Kline now stand in open defiance of a duly authorized congressional subpoena with no assertion of any privilege of any kind by President Trump,” Cummings said. “Based on these actions, it appears that the president believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House.”
Cummings had subpoenaed Kline to testify about how Kushner was granted security clearance despite being flagged by multiple national security experts for being at risk of compromise by foreign powers due to his complex international finances.
Despite these red flags, President Donald Trump himself reportedly intervened personally to get Kushner’s security clearance approved.
Read Cummings’ full letter below.
BREAKING: Cummings plans to schedule a contempt vote for Carl Kline for defying subpoena to testify on security clearances. pic.twitter.com/ojuYQM4AUp
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