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Kushner is only a symptom

Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 8:48 am

The Trump administration has been plagued by criticism of its unprecedented disorganization and conflicts of interests. Those accusations may or may not be true. But the administration has also been criticized — and rightly so — for setting new records for the length of “interim” security clearances for its staffers. In one of the more egregious examples, presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner possessed a temporary “top secret” clearance for more than a year until, amid intense media pressure, it was finally downgraded to “secret” last week.

Kushner’s apparent demotion has raised a whole host of questions. For example, can he continue to do his job with less than complete intelligence exposure, including overseeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process? “New appointees often do their work with an interim clearance for a time while the FBI checks into their background,” Vox contributor Andrew Prokop writes, “but this generally doesn’t take 13 months, especially if an appointee holds a role as high-level and important as Kushner’s.”

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