Tainting the process to favor his family

It’s not just Prince Jared, it’s also Princess Ivanka. Well of course it is.

President Donald Trump pressured his then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn to grant his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations, three people familiar with the matter told CNN.

The President’s crusade to grant clearances to his daughter and her husband, Jared Kushner, rankled West Wing officials.

While Trump has the legal authority to grant clearances, most instances are left up to the White House personnel security office, which determines whether a staffer should be granted one after the FBI has conducted a background check. But after concerns were raised by the personnel office, Trump pushed Kelly and McGahn to make the decision on his daughter and son-in-law’s clearances so it did not appear as if he was tainting the process to favor his family, sources told CNN. After both refused, Trump granted them their security clearances.

Ah now that’s an interesting detail. So he did manage to grasp that it would look taintish if he simply ordered it, so instead of deciding it would look taintish because it was taintish and therefore he shouldn’t do it, he pushed others to do it and then ordered it when they balked. I think that kind of thing is seen as damning by prosecutors in criminal cases? Evidence that the defendant was aware of breaking the law? Trump does a quite convincing job of appearing completely blind and deaf to all norms and rules and laws, so it’s useful to learn that at least in this case he was deliberately covert about what he was doing.

The latest revelation also contradicts Ivanka Trump’s denial to ABC News three weeks ago, when she said her father had “no involvement” regarding her or Kushner’s clearances.

Yeah well. Princess I. is a stone cold liar and fraud. Don’t let the window dummy appearance fool you.

CNN says several sources told them she could have been unaware of Donnie’s machinations. Whatever. She should, at a minimum, be well aware she shouldn’t be working for Daddy’s administration at all. She’s not so brain-dead that she couldn’t have done some research on the rules around nepotism and corruption.

On Tuesday, the White House rebuffed a request from House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, who asked for documents pertaining to the security clearance process. White House counsel Pat Cipollone said the committee’s request for the information was “without legal support, clearly premature, and suggests a breach of the constitutionally required accommodation process.”

The White House’s rejection increases the chances of a subpoena from the House.

Do it.

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