Questions About Ivanka Trump’s Security Clearance Arise After 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2017—Representative Don Beyer raised questions regarding Ivanka Trump’s security clearance Wednesday on Twitter.
The Democratic congressman from Virginia pointed out that the security clearance form SF-86 that both Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump filled out, required them to disclose their spouse’s foreign contacts as well as their own, going back seven years.
Beyer questioned whether Ivanka was accurate about her husband’s foreign contacts when she initially filled out the form, and whether she amended it when Kushner added over 100 names in three separate supplements to his initial filing.
Jared Kushner’s updates to his security clearance form related to this Russia meeting raise new questions about his wife, Ivanka Trump 1/ https://t.co/AJbv3CRe2n
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) July 14, 2017
“We learned this week that Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, updated his filing of that form three times, most recently to include the June 2016 meeting. Did Ivanka Trump disclose that meeting on her initial SF-86 filing?” said Rep. Beyer. “Has she updated her security clearance paperwork to reflect this and other meetings which Jared Kushner failed to disclose subsequently?”
Ivanka Trump has recently come under fire for taking her father’s seat at the G-20 Summit and for questionable business practices in direct contradiction to her stated goal of helping working women. She faced some media scrutiny when China detained three labor activists investigating a factory where Trump’s shoes are manufactured.
Until now Ivanka Trump has not been connected to the Trump-Russia scandal. However, the question of whether she deliberately omitted her husband’s foreign contacts on her SF-86 form may drag her into it as well.
As specified on the form, deliberately omitting information is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. It is unlikely, however, that either Jared or Ivanka will go to prison or even lose their security clearance, given the White House’s short but significant track record of defying laws and customs, especially when it relates to Trump’s family.
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