Democrats Seek Suspension of Kushner's Security Clearance

Amid reports that he tried to broker a business deal with Russian Federation to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump's disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn may now be cooperating with the FBI in the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, according to a statement by two-term Rhode Island Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, in an interview with CNN on Monday. It also questions why the White House allowed Flynn to have access to classified information after learning that he had misled administration officials about the content of a meeting with a Russian diplomat. The New York Times reported Wednesday that, for three weeks before he was sacked, Flynn sat in on the most sensitive intelligence briefings in the White House.

Cummings, in his letter released Wednesday, notes that Flynn continued holding his security clearance, despite the warning from Yates. According to Cummings' letter, his top-secret clearance is temporary pending a routine screening by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"In any case, it is unclear why Mr. Kushner continues to have access to classified information while these allegations are being investigated".

Evidence indicates President Donald Trump's fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is cooperating with FBI investigators, said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Monday.

Among those meetings that he omitted was a December meeting with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the US, and another with the head of a Russian bank.

The Democrats' letter was copied to the committee's newly installed Republican chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy of SC. Gowdy did not sign on to the request from Cummings, but was alerted beforehand that the request was being sent.

The FBI is investigating the 2016 Trump presidential campaign for possible ties to Russia at a time a year ago when the Russian government was running a computer hacking operation to disrupt the American electoral process and help put Trump in the White House. Flynn's attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment.

The extraordinary claims from the senator - which can not be verified - came as details were revealed of how Flynn may have been involved in a weird plan to get Arab countries to buy Russian arms in return for gaining nuclear technology.

No further details were available on the Chinese invitation, which was first reported by Bloomberg News and confirmed by a White House official on condition of anonymity. Flynn didn't report the trip when renewing his security clearance when he joined the Trump administration.

"Let's walk through that for a second". President Trump has final word on who gets a security clearance when it comes to his staff, as the chief executive by law is the ultimate authority. Senate investigators have requested documents from Kushner and are negotiating with him to arrange an interview. Kushner's attorney has previously acknowledged that Kushner did not include the foreign contacts on his security clearance form because it was submitted prematurely.

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