How many foreign contacts does someone have to omit from their SF-86 forms to lose their security clearance immediately? Because Jared Kushner managed to forget more foreign contacts than he listed, since he listed exactly zero. Who could’ve known that meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about setting up a secret back channel with Moscow or scrounging for dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer were noteworthy? Or how about that meeting with the head of a U.S.-sanctioned Russian state-run bank?
In fact, it’s not clear that we know if Kushner has even filed his amended SF-86 forms. The most recent statement we have from Kushner’s lawyer Jamie Gorelick appears to be from Saturday, restating what we already knew:
“As we have previously stated, Mr. Kushner’s SF-86 was prematurely submitted and, among other errors, did not list any contacts with foreign government officials.”
So the question is: Why hasn’t Jared Kushner’s security clearance been suspended?
Or even better:
And why isn’t every Democrat demanding that immediately?
Why aren’t they rushing the cameras on Capitol Hill to explain the immediate threat these new revelations pose to our government?
And why hasn’t the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner to testify, since they’ve been chasing that testimony for months now?
UPDATE: I missed this during the briefing…
May as well add Don Jr. to that subpoena list since both Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, want to speak with him.
At the risk of sounding histrionic here (waves arms frantically), our government is now crawling with Trump administration officials who may have been party to collusion/conspiracy and could easily be the subjects of Russian blackmail—especially as this thing unravels and they all do whatever is necessary to save their own hides. Think about someone like Jeff “I don’t recall” Sessions, who conveniently forgot to mention several meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. What’s the possibility that Russia has something on the attorney general of the United States—not to mention the President?
Why are we not seeing a more urgent response from Republicans and Democrats alike to, at the very least, insulate our democracy from further damage and corruption by a hostile foreign power while we figure out who’s been compromised?