In response to the Reuters report that Jared Kushner had undisclosed contacts with a Russian envoy, Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) is calling for Kushner to resign and then be prosecuted for lying on his security clearance form. Lieu lays out his case in a series of tweets. The story is also being reported in The Hill.
Lieu tweeted out his own signed security form:
Certification for my SF86 security clearance form, which says false statement punishable by imprisonment. Jared Kushner lied on his form. pic.twitter.com/iCfWkIT7gT— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 27, 2017
And calls for Kushner to resign and be prosecuted for lying if the Reuters report is true about more undisclosed Russian contacts:
Then Lieu responds to a statement put out by Kushner’s lawyer:
(1) Fact that Kushner doesn't deny WaPo story is damning. (2) Why is Jared calling Russians? (3) We all would remember calling Russian Amb. https://t.co/2ssuF3VvpH— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 27, 2017
Clearly, Lieu is not buying what Kushner’s lawyers are selling. As has been previously reported, Sessions and Flynn also lied on this form, but those crimes have faded into the background. Looks like Ted Lieu is not backing down on this one and making sure Kushner is going to be held accountable for these lies.
By the way, you can find the security clearance form here, if you want to read all 127 pages. On page 2, it outlines the penalty for inaccurate or false statements:
The U.S. Criminal Code (title 18, section 1001) provides that knowingly falsifying or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines and/or up to five (5) years imprisonment. In addition, Federal agencies generally fire, do not grant a security clearance, or disqualify individuals who have materially and deliberately falsified these forms, and this remains a part of the permanent record for future placements.
So that is what Kushner is up against: up to 5 years in jail.