Warner is ‘bothered’ by Trump giving Kushner top-secret clearance

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Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is “bothered” by President Trump’s granting White House adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner top-secret security clearance despite intelligence officials recommending against it.

“The whole idea that the president arbitrarily picks which family members to get security clearances, overriding the advice of the intelligence community – but we shouldn’t be surprised at that,” Warner told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “This president has consistently been willing to override the advice of the intelligence community.”

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The Virginia lawmaker acknowledged that Trump has the right to “give anyone a security clearance.”

But the “fact that he in effect chooses to give a family member (a clearance) overriding the recommendations of the community bothers me a great deal.”

The president ignored recommendations from the CIA and then-White House lawyer Don McGahn not to give the clearance to Kushner and ordered then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to give it to him, the New York Times reported last Thursday.

Trump’s action so unnerved Kelly and McGahn that they wrote contemporaneous internal memos documenting it, the report said.

Warner said there “needs to be further explanation” from Kelly on what happened.

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