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  • Jared Kushner had a rough week and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better soon
    Posted in Articles on March 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Business Insider | It's been a rough week for President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. Questions surrounding the circumstances of his security clearance (and whether Trump influenced the process), still loom as lawmakers demand the US Justice Department launch an investigation into the matter. According to people who were briefed on a contemporaneous memo, Trump had "ordered" former White House chief of staff John Kelly to upgrade Kushner's interim top-secret securi... Read more

  • Pruitt never consulted EPA ethics office about his legal defense fund
    Posted in Articles on March 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    Yahoo News | Facing more than a dozen investigations into his conduct last spring, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that he was starting a legal defense fund, raising concerns about the propriety of a government official raising money to fend off official investigations into potential misuse of government funds, among other improprieties. Those suspicions have been confirmed, with the EPA’s acting inspector general, Charles Sheehan, writing in a letter to Rep.... Read more

  • Inside the Kushner Clearance Probe
    Posted in Articles on March 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    TIME | It doesn’t seem like the kind of thing Jared Kushner would forget. On Dec. 13, 2016, Donald Trump’s son-in-law met with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a multibillion-dollar state-run Russian development bank, who was in the U.S., the bank later said, as part of a new investment strategy. To memorialize the event, Gorkov even gave Kushner a piece of art and a bag of dirt from the village where Kushner’s grandparents had grown up. But just one month later, Kushner failed to report the meeting w... Read more

  • Dems ‘Deeply Disturbed’ By Kushner Security Clearance Fiasco, Ask Barr For Criminal Probe
    Posted in Articles on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Talking Points Memo | Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Don Beyer (D-VA) on Tuesday asked Attorney General Bill Barr to conduct a criminal probe into the ongoing controversies surrounding senior adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s security clearance. In a letter to Barr, Lieu and Beyer said they were “deeply disturbed” by the latest developments — that Trump ordered his then-chief of staff John Kelly to ignore intelligence officials’ concerns and grant Kushner clearance — combined wi... Read more

  • EPA OIG: Pruitt Never Consulted EPA Ethics Office About His Legal Defense Fund
    Posted in Press Releases on March 6, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Climate Change and the Environment, Oversight of the Administration

    The Acting Inspector General (IG) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today informed Rep. Don Beyer and other House Democrats that neither disgraced former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt nor his private attorney ever consulted the EPA Ethics Office regarding his legal defense fund. The OIG letter was written in response to a series of questions about Pruitt’s legal defense fund raised last year by Beyer and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Jamie R... Read more

  • Reps Beyer And Lieu Call For Criminal Investigation Into Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Today Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling on him to open a criminal investigation into reports that Jared Kushner intentionally omitted contacts on his security clearance forms. In the letter, the Members write: We are deeply disturbed by recent reports that President Trump ordered his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to grant Jared Kushner a security clearance, overruling intelligence officials who rai... Read more

  • Two House Democrats file criminal referral’ for DOJ to investigate Jared Kushner
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Raw Story | Two House Democratic Members of Congress have made an official “criminal referral” requesting the Dept. of Justice investigate Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner. “Making false statements or omitting material info on SF-86 security form is punishable by up to 5 years in prison,” says Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who served as a USAF Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney, in the letter, which was published in Politico. Lieu teamed up with Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) to ask Attorney Gene... Read more

  • White House refuses to hand over Kushner security clearance docs
    Posted in Articles on March 5, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    NBC News | The White House is refusing to hand the House Oversight Committee documents that the panel has requested in its probe into the administration's security clearance process, including for President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The committee chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., blasted the White House on Tuesday for asserting that his panel has not properly justified its requests for documents in investigating the matter, setting up a possible subpoena b... Read more

  • Dems ramp up scrutiny of Kushner's security clearance
    Posted in Articles on March 4, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    The Hill | House Democrats are ramping up their investigation of White House security clearances following reports that President Trump ordered a top-secret clearance for his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner despite concerns from intelligence officials. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) upped the ante Friday when he threatened to subpoena the White House for documents and witness interviews regarding security clearances that the committee has alread... Read more

  • The Daily 202: Trump’s discredited denials that he intervened for Kushner show his challenges in rebutting Cohen
    Posted in Articles on March 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Oversight of the Administration

    Washington Post | Congress promises to investigate. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said after the story broke last night that the administration has been stonewalling on his requests for documents related to Kushner’s clearance. “The Committee expects full compliance with its requests as soon as possible, or it may become necessary to consider alternative means to compel compliance,” Cummings said in a statement. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Ada... Read more