Oversight Committee member wants John Kelly to testify to the House about Trump's decision to grant Jared Kushner a clearance
On Friday, CNN's Manu Raju reported that Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), a senior member of the House Oversight Committee, wants to call former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to testify on President Donald Trump's decision to grant a security clearance to his son-in-law Jared Kushner, over the heads of intelligence officials who raised objections to his background check.
Additionally, Connolly wants the committee to obtain a memo that Kelly allegedly wrote criticizing the president over the decision:
Rep. Gerry Connolly, a senior Dem on Oversight, told me that he wants former WH chief John Kelly to appear before t… https://t.co/pYUJuvLc2w— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1551453922.0
Kelly is reportedly one of two then-White House staffers who wrote memos opposing the Kushner decision, the other being former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
While Trump has the authority to grant a security clearance to anyone he pleases, it is exceptionally unusual for a president to step in after intelligence officials flag a top-secret clearance application for rejection. And it is highly troubling that Trump would go to these lengths for his son-in-law, who has no qualifications to speak of — let alone that he and his daughter Ivanka would lie about it to reporters. The news sparked outrage among former members of the Justice Department and intelligence community.
Kelly, a former general and Homeland Security Secretary, resigned as chief of staff at the end of last year.
The Oversight Committee has been ramping up investigations into Trump in recent weeks with its new Democratic majority at the helm. On Wednesday, the committee called Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen to testify on allegations that the president was complicit in his criminal finance deals.