Opinion | It’s time for Jared Kushner to go

If Jared Kushner wasn’t the president’s son-in-law, right about now he’d be packing up his office and updating his résumé. But he isn’t, precisely because he’s the president’s son-in-law.

You could barely find a better example of the cronyism and corruption that courses through this administration’s every artery, and the damage it does to America’s interests. The fact that Kushner still has a job — and was given one in the first place — shows why we have rules against things like nepotism. If nothing else, the Trump administration is reminding us how government is supposed to work, by doing exactly the opposite.

We have now been treated to two big pieces of news about Kushner. The first is that along with many other White House staffers who have been operating under temporary security clearances, Kushner had his clearance downgradedfrom “Top Secret/SCI” to “Secret,” which restricts the information he is allowed to see. Let’s put a pin in this part of that report:

Because he had an interim clearance, Kushner was not supposed to be able to see the president’s daily intelligence briefing or have access to other top-secret program information, one administration official said. But the rules were not enforced with regard to the access rules for the president’s son-in-law.

So: There are rules, but they didn’t apply to Kushner. Now to the second report:

Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter. …  Contuine

The danger he poses to the interests of the United States is just too great.

Source: Opinion | It’s time for Jared Kushner to go

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