NBC News reports that 30 people in the Trump administration were granted top secret clearances after being rejected by the FBI and CIA background checks, including Jared Kushner. Kushner still does not have access to the highest level of information, SCI, or Secret Compartmentalized Information. But he does have top secret clearance, just one step below that.
Jared Kushner’s application for a top-secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.
The official, Carl Kline, is a former Pentagon employee who was installed as director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President in May 2017. Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top-secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said. They said the number of rejections that were overruled was unprecedented — it had happened only once in the three years preceding Kline’s arrival.The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the information, said the Trump White House attracted many people with untraditional backgrounds who had complicated financial and personal histories, some of which raised red flags.
But he only hires the very best! Now just imagine for a moment if Obama had given waivers to 30 people, including a close relative he had appointed to a position he couldn’t even be paid for due to nepotism rules, and given them top secret clearance. It would be all Fox News talked about for weeks on end. Sean Hannity’s head would explode in self-righteous rage. It would all be an obvious plant to undermine America’s national security with dangerous people with close ties to Muslims. Yet Kushner is buddies with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which just murdered an American resident, and it’s crickets from the right.