On Wednesday Charles S. Phalen Jr., the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau testified to the Oversight subcommittee on Government Operations represented by Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi. Phalen was testifying the transferring of 700,000 security clearance forms to the Department of Defense, including those concerning Senior White House Adviser Jared Kushner.
During the meeting, Krishnamoorthi grilled Phalen, asking him if he has ever recalled “if there’s ever been an applicant having to submit four addenda detailing 100 errors and omissions.” Perplexed, Krishnamoorthi inquired as to how an applicant can receive clearance when their forms are inundated with errors. Phalen responded that he has “never seen that level of mistakes.”
Why Are There Calls To Remove Kushner’s Clearance?
In the past couple of months, calls for Kushner to be stripped of his security clearance has increased, and it has finally come to a head. Talks about evoking security clearance were amplified when it was revealed that Kushner had meetings with a Russia-linked lawyer who apparently had nocent information about then-Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Kushner had to submit his SF-86 form to gain clearance as a government contractor and employee. Falsifying any information on the form can result in being charged with a federal crime and serving up to five years in prison. Interestingly enough, Kushner had four instances where there were more than 100 omissions or errors – including the failure to include information about his Russian meeting.
Phalen further explained that his organization did not review Kushner’s application, noting that other agencies did it. He also quelled Krishnamoorthi’s inquiries by saying that the mistakes that were on Kushner’s application weren’t that serious.
We’ll see about that.
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