A group of House Democrats are demanding the government suspend the security clearance granted to President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, because he failed to disclose meetings he had with Russian officials during the transition period on security clearance forms.
Last week it was reported by the New York Times that Kushner, who serves as senior adviser to Trump, omitted details of his meetings with Russian officials, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and Sergey Gorkov, CEO of Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, on an FBI questionnaire.
Responding to that report, six Democrats, led by Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., have signed onto a letter asking both the FBI and the Office of Personnel Management to suspend Kushner's security clearance and demanding that he divulge the details of his meetings.
"We were concerned last week that a story with significant national security implications — White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner's 'omission' of meetings with foreign government officials — did not receive the scrutiny it deserved," the lawmakers wrote in the letter, dated Thursday. "Mr. Kushner must divulge the details of his meetings with foreign officials and explain why he did not reveal them when he was clearly required by to do so by law."
They stressed that just because Kushner is Trump's son-in-law that it doesn't "place him above the law" and that anyone else would potentially face a criminal offense for the same omission. The lawmakers also said the matter casts serious doubt on Kushner's ability to make judgements as a White House official.
The group also tied Kushner's omission about meeting with Russian officials to a larger investigation into the Trump team's potential ties to Russia, who the U.S. intelligence community has blamed for attempting to undermine the 2016 presidential election.
"We are gravely concerned about the larger context within which this omission occurred," they wrote. "Mr. Kushner's lack of candor about meetings with Russian officials appears to be part of a larger pattern of dissembling and deception on Russian contacts from the Trump team, and we believe the public deserves the truth about why these meetings took place and what they mean for U.S. foreign policy."
The FBI did not immediately return a request for comment. OPM referred the Washington Examiner to the White House, who did not immediately return a request for comment.
Other Trump official have faced backlash after it came out they had communications with Russian officials. Attorney General Jeff Sessions found himself mired in controversy after being confirmed to his new role when it was reported he didn't disclose meetings he had with Kislyak during the campaign, then as a senator, during his confirmation hearing. National security adviser Mike Flynn was fired in February after he misled the administration about his contact with Kislyak.