Members Only | March 1, 2019 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
Kushner Is Everything That’s Wrong with the Republic
Corruption is eating away our freedoms.
The president overruled last year the CIA, his chief of staff and the White House counsel to give Jared Kushner top-secret clearance, according to the Times.
Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.
The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance.
The most immediate question is one of risk to security, and since I don’t know much about that, I’ll defer to those who do. Juliette Kayyem, a CNN analyst, said: