- President Donald Trump pressured his staff to give daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner security clearance despite objections from senior staffers, according to a CNN report published Tuesday.
- The report contradicts statements made by both the president and Ivanka, who have denied there was any inappropriate influence in granting the security clearances.
President Donald Trump pressured his staff to give daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner security clearance, despite objections from senior staffers, according to a CNN report published Tuesday.
According to the report, Trump pressured then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant the clearances so that it wouldn’t look like the president was inappropriately influencing the process, several sources told CNN. Both McGahn and Kelly refused, and Trump ultimately granted the security clearances himself, the sources said.
Last week, The New York Times reported Trump demanded Kelly grant Kushner a top security clearance last year, despite the chief of staff laying out major concerns in an internal memo.
The reports contradict statements made by both Trump and Ivanka, who have denied there was any inappropriate influence in granting the security clearances.
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In January, the president told the New York Times he played no role in ordering White House officials to grant Kushner top-secret clearance.
Last month, Ivanka told ABC’s “The View” that neither her nor Kushner received any special treatment from the president when obtaining security clearances.
“There were anonymous leaks about there being issues. But the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband’s clearance, zero,” she said.
Kushner’s security clearance status was downgraded in February 2018 after months of pressure for the White House to pull his access to top-secret intelligence, and concerns about his close relationships with foreign governments.