Democrats in the House are beginning to scrutinize whether Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the president, knew about her husband Jared Kushner's contacts with Russian officials.
Trump, like Kushner, applied for a security clearance in the spring and was required to disclose on her application any contacts she, her spouse and other immediate family members had with foreign governments over the last seven years.
But congressional Democrats have begun to take issue with Trump's security clearance form SF-86 after it was revealed that Kushner attended a meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower last year with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump, updated his federal disclosure form recently to include his contact with Veselnitskaya and has done so three times total, adding more than 100 names to it.
"Jared Kushner's updates to his security clearance form related to this Russia meeting raise new questions about his wife, Ivanka Trump," Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., said in a series of tweets.
The security clearance application asks if "you or any member of your immediate family in the past seven years had any contact with a foreign government, its establishment (such as an embassy, consulate, agency, military service, intelligence or security service, etc.) or its representatives, whether inside or outside the U.S.?"
"Immediate family" includes a spouse, parents, step-parents, siblings, half and step-siblings, children, step-children, and cohabitants.
Beyer said he had to discuss potential foreign contacts with his wife when he was tapped as ambassador to Switzerland by then President Barack Obama in 2009, and thus had to complete the SF-86.
Now, the Virginia Democrat is questioning what Trump knew about her husband's meeting with Veselnitskaya, and whether she disclosed the meeting on her own security clearance application.
"Did Ivanka include that meeting on her SF-86 to obtain a security clearance, as part of her disclosure of her husband's contacts?" Beyer asked on his Twitter account. "If she did not declare it before, has Ivanka Trump's SF-86 been updated to include disclosure of this meeting which her husband attended? Has she updated her security clearance paperwork to reflect the other meetings and contacts Jared Kushner originally failed to disclose?"
"Ivanka Trump is an adviser to the President of the United States. We hold people in such a position to a very high standard. That standard requires that we get answers to these questions about Ivanka Trump. I tend to raise them with the Trump Administration," Beyer continued. "If the President wants his family to run the government, they must be held to the same high standard as any other government official."
Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, said President Trump's team is making things more difficult for itself because of the "interconnection and closeness."
"What the Trump team is doing is, from a legal point of view, they're intertwining themselves," Quigley told Politico. "They're interconnecting and therefore implicating each other, at least in the investigation."
In addition to meeting with Veselnitskaya, Kushner has had meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, which he failed to disclose.
His failure to include his contacts with Kislyak earned him swift criticism from Democrats earlier this year, and some, including Beyer, are calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked.