Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, has drawn increasing scrutiny in multiple investigations into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in last year’s election, particularly given his high-level role in the White House. As a top Trump aide, Kushner has been entrusted with a wide portfolio of priorities, including solving Middle East peace, revamping the federal government and stemming the opioid epidemic, among other responsibilities.
It is the strong belief that Kushner is unfit to perform his role in the white house effectively as he has omitted numerous foreign contacts from his SF-86 form, used to gain a government security clearance. As a senior adviser, Kushner has the “top-secret” designation, the highest clearance level.
Furthermore, it is alleged that Kushner has failed to report several meetings he has had with Russian officials during Trump’s presidential transition period. They are some persons of the view that they didn’t believe that Kushner relationship with Russia was of any concern and his personal lawyer John Dowd said that, to his knowledge, the legal team had never suggested that Kushner should step down.
According to Yahoo News, Marc Kasowitz, who formerly led Trump’s legal team, also denied that Kushner’s role in the White House had been a concern.
“I never discussed with other lawyers for the President that Jared Kushner should step down from his position at the White House, I never recommended to the President that Mr. Kushner should step down from that position and I am not aware that any other lawyers for the President made any such recommendation either,” he said in a statement to the Journal.
Kushner and his lawyer say Kushner’s initial failure to disclose these meetings was a simple error. Knowingly concealing such information is a federal crime.