‘A subpoena is likely’ to be Issued to Get White House to Turn Over Security Clearance Documents, says Oversight Congressman
Earlier this month, it was reported that the House Oversight Committee had obtained documents which had been turned over to the committee from an unnamed source within the executive residence. These documents apparently provide a timeline and at least a partial explanation for how Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner obtained their security clearances.
Officially, however, the White House has not turned over key documents in regards to the issuance of these security clearances, and this has led House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings to suggest that a subpoena may be necessary.
When further questioned if he believes the White House would cooperate with a subpoena and what might happen if they decide not too, Khanna answered:
“Then it goes to court and it’s up to the courts to decide whether the president should be required to give these documents. I see no argument for why they shouldn’t. Congress should have the right to review the process by which security clearances are given. Here you have a case where the president’s own chief of staff, the presidents on White House counsel and expert career officers or experts in foreign policy all voiced concerns that Jared Kushner shouldn’t be given a security clearance, yet he was given a clearance and it puts at risk our national security interests. One can be a supporter of the president and still think that his son-in-law shouldn’t have been given top secret clearance, and be concerned that that information may get into the wrong hands.”
Khanna told KrassenCast that he is concerned about some of the meetings that Kushner has had with MBS and Saudi Arabia.
“I can’t speculate what information he has given [to Saudi Arabia and others]. Public reports suggest that he has shared information about Saudi dissidents, that he has excluded our embassy from attending some of those meetings and MBS and Saudi Arabia were responsible for the murder of Khashoggi. [MBS] has been leading a systematic bombing campaign against women and children in Yemen, one of the worst humanitarian disasters. So I am concerned about that relationship in particular and Jared Kushner being able to support MBS in his current capacity.”
There are a lot of questions surrounding the Trump administration’s dealings with various Middle Eastern countries, and many of them appear to have relationships of varying levels with Kushner and his family business. A subpoena may be the only way to thoroughly investigate these matters.