MSNBC: Officials Rejected Jared Kushner for Security Clearance, But Were Overruled

‘NBC news was unable to reach Carl Klein for comment and the White House did not respond to our request’

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GEIST: “But first, new reporting from NBC News that will be of interest to the House Oversight Committee as it investigates how the Trump Administration has handled security clearances. Two career White House securitiy specialists rejected Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance but were overruled by their supervisors. Two sources familiar with that matter tell NBC News the officials rejected the clearance after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner’s FBI background check raised questions about his foreign contacts, foreign travel and meetings he had during the campaign. However, Kushner, who was was one of at least 30 cases, 30 cases that were overruled by Carl Klein, a former Pentagon employee who was hired as director of the Personnel Security Office in the executive office of the president in May of 2017, the two sources say Klein overruled career security experts and approved Kushner’s clearance eligibility despite that unfavorable information. Kushner’s file then went to the CIA. Two people familiar with the matter said after reviewing the file, CIA officers who made clearance decisions balked. One called to the White House Security Division wondering how Kushner even got a top security clearance. Sources say the CIA has not granted Kushner clearance to review sensitive material. NBC News was unable to reach Carl Klein for comment, Kushner's attorney also had no comment, and the White House did not respond to our request.”

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