White House Implies Career Officials at FBI Gave Jared Kushner Permanent Security Clearance – That’s False.
A Letter From the FBI Addressing Kushner’s Security Clearance Says Only the White House Can Grant Clearance
The White House has been caught in yet another mistruth, and unfortunately, The New York Times appears to have assisted in what looks to some like clever deception. According to the paper of record earlier Wednesday, a source in the White House said Jared Kushner had finally been granted a permanent top secret security clearance, and that decision had been made by career officials at FBI, or so the Times’ report suggested.
“Mr. Kushner’s clearances were approved by career officials after the completion of the F.B.I. background check, and the president was not involved in the process, according to the person briefed on the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because clearance decisions are supposed to be secret,” The Times reported late Wednesday afternoon.
So did Kushner’s own attorney.
“With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process,” Abbe Lowell said Wednesday in a statement.
The Washington Post and NBC News also appeared to suggest Kushner’s clearance was granted by career FBI officials.
U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) just shared a 2017 letter from the FBI to Beyer’s Democratic colleague, Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. The Bureau wanted to make it clear it did not and does not make decisions on security clearances, not for Kushner or any other White House official.
Rep. Beyer calls the White House and Jared Kushner’s representatives’ claims that the FBI career officials made the decision “false or misleading.” And via Twitter he quotes the FBI, which wrote, “the granting or suspension of Mr. Kushner’s clearance would be the responsibility of the client adjudication entity, in this case, the White House.”
The claim that Kushner’s clearance was granted by ‘career’ personnel and not the White House contradicts the FBI, which told us “the granting or suspension of Mr. Kushner’s clearance would be the responsibility of the client adjudication entity, in this case, the White House”👇2/ pic.twitter.com/wgGfyXcoif
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) May 23, 2018
To be clear, The NY Times reported that “the president was not involved in the process.”
So who was?
In what also appears to be breaking news, Beyer tweets that Kushner has “been fined for repeated failure to file ethics disclosures.” He did not elaborate on how much, or if Kushner paid the fine.
Jared Kushner does not deserve a permanent security clearance.
Kushner has been deceptive and dishonest, and there are many reasonable questions about whose interests he is serving in his efforts to influence US foreign policy. 5/
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) May 23, 2018
The question remains: Who approved Jared Kushner’s top secret security clearance, and was it the president, or was it at his direction?
Image: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead via Flickr
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Trump Brags Don Jr’s Book ‘Is Number One on NY Times Bestseller List’ – but His Campaign Bought the Book in Bulk: Report
President Donald Trump has called The New York Times “fake news,” “biased,” “inaccurate,” and “a Fraud” with “Zero Credibility.”
But Wednesday night he was only too happy to cite the “failing” paper of record to brag that Donald Trump, Jr.’s new book, “Triggered,” is at the top of the Times’ charts.
Wow! Was just told that my son’s book, “Triggered,” is Number One on The New York Times Bestseller List. Congratulations Don!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2019
And while that may be true, there’s one large caveat that totally destroys the Trump family’s pride.
As this graphic shows, there’s a “dagger” next to Trump Jr.’s book: †.
As the Times notes, “bulk purchases appear with a dagger (†).”
That means there have been large “Institutional, special interest, group or bulk purchases” of the book, perhaps in this case by the RNC or other political entities, like the Trump campaign.
In fact, Popular Information and ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum last week reported the Trump campaign is “using campaign funds to bulk purchase his son’s book.”
NEW: Trump using campaign funds to bulk purchase his son’s book https://t.co/McdhDJ8ymn
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 5, 2019
Here’s the reported text of a Trump fundraising email from the Twitter account Trump Fundraising Emails:
“Contribute $50 or more TODAY to claim your HAND-SIGNED copy of my new book TRIGGERED. >>
CONTRIBUTE ANY AMOUNT”
— Trump Fundraising Emails (@TrumpEmail) November 6, 2019
The email is signed by Donald Trump, Jr.
Here’s how some are responding:
The @GOP is gonna have one hell of a bonfire with all the copies of Don Jr.’s book they just bought in bulk.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 14, 2019
Helps when RNC & Trump Campaign buy the book in bulk: using donor money to line Trump Family wallet and ego. Just another grift!
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) November 14, 2019
Dirty book: Bulk buys from RNC and other pro-Trump orgs lifted Don Jr’s ‘Tiggered’ to top of best seller list. h/t @MrDanZak https://t.co/sJGkFxqFE9
— Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) November 14, 2019
Bulk-purchasing your kid’s book (a fact confirmed by a special notation the NYT put beside the book) because you think it’d reflect poorly on you if it failed to make the NYT bestseller list, and then typing “wow!” when it does, is the very *pinnacle* of pathetic @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/tp070KCT0y
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 14, 2019
Pence: China Is Trying to Kick Trump Out of the White House
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a startling attack against China Thursday morning, claiming Beijing is trying to remove President Donald Trump.
“China wants a different American president,” Pence told attendees at a right wing think tank tied to the military, the Hudson Institute, according to prepared remarks received by NCRM. He accuses Beijing of working to “influence American public opinion.”
“The Chinese Communist Party is rewarding or coercing American businesses, movie studios, universities, think tanks, scholars, journalists, and local, state, and federal officials,” Pence charges.
“Worst of all, China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections, and the environment leading into the 2020 presidential elections,” the Vice President warns, while ignoring the threat Russia poses.
.@VP Pence: “China has initiated an unprecedented effort to influence American public opinion, the 2018 elections and the environment leading in the 2020 presidential elections…President Trump’s leadership is working, and China wants a different American president.” pic.twitter.com/48omZnOWdL
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 4, 2018
The Vice President is trying to convince the American people that China, not Russia, is undermining American democracy.
“Beijing has mobilized covert actors, front groups, and propaganda outlets to shift Americans’ perception of Chinese policies,” Pence continues. “As a senior career member of our intelligence community recently told me, what the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”
Politico notes that President Trump made a similar charge last week.
“Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election,” Trump said. “They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade.”
The Washington Post’s David Nakamura offers insight into the Trump administration’s hypocrisy and possibly its motivation.
Pence says China “made it harder for our journalists to get visas. It happened after the New York Times published investigative stories into the wealth of Chinese leaders.” Two days after @presssec said NYT credibility “at an all time low” over investigation into Trump’s wealth.
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) October 4, 2018
‘Goddamnit’: Listen as Trump Feigns Total Surprise When Omarosa Says Kelly Is Firing Her
The man who came to international fame for saying, “You’re fired!” hasn’t been able to accomplish that task as the most powerful person in the world.
Monday morning NBC News aired audio provided by Omarosa Manigault-Newman of a telephone call between her and President Donald Trump, the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in 2017.
“Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” Trump says in the recording.
“General Kelly—General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave,” Omarosa replies.
“No…I, I, Nobody even told me about it,” Trump claims.
“Wow,” Omarosa, aware she is recording the conversation, says.
“You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump continues, claiming he was unaware of her firing. “I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
Newman seems to have accepted Trump’s claim that he was unaware of her firing, ignoring the fact that he could just tell Kelly to rescind the decision.
“He doesn’t even know what’s happening in his White House,” Newman told NBC News. “He’s being puppeted.”
#Breaking: @OMAROSA provides @NBCNews with this exclusive excerpt of a recording of a phone call that she says she received from President Trump the day after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her. pic.twitter.com/OJe47RdcDC
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 13, 2018
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