More than a year after Donald Trump took office, his son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance. That means, in essence, that Kushner can’t pass a criminal background check. In the weeks since the Rob Porter scandal and coverup, the questions have grown louder as to just what is disqualifying Kushner from obtaining his clearance. Now we have the answer, and it’s not shocking, but it’s major news nonetheless.
It turns out Jared Kushner can’t obtain a permanent security clearance because he’s a subject of Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, according to an on-air CNN report this evening. This finally confirms what has long been suspected, and what has been reported in dribs and drabs up to this point: Kushner is under criminal investigation. This doesn’t mean that he’s guilty of a crime, but it does mean that he’s being investigated for having potentially committed one. This also tells us something crucial about Kushner’s wife.
Ivanka Trump has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance as well. Now that we know Kushner’s clearance has been denied because he’s a target of the Trump-Russia criminal investigation, it’s easy to figure out that Ivanka is being denied her clearance because she’s also a target of that criminal investigation. Kushner is likely a target because he held secret meetings with the Russian Ambassador and the head of a Russian bank during the transition period, and then lied about it on government forms. But what about Ivanka?
The best guess is that Robert Mueller is investigating Ivanka Trump for the Trump Organization real estate deals that she spearheaded with convicted Russian mafia money laundering figure Felix Sater. It would be difficult to imagine that Ivanka didn’t know who she was dealing with, or where the money was coming from, when she cut those deals.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report