Jared Kushner waves off top-secret document ordeal as 'paperwork' issue
Jared Kushner, who worked as a White House aide under the Trump administration, is dismissing his father-in-law Donald Trump's legal woes involving sensitive government documents. Kushner, according to HuffPost, believes the whole debacle is nothing more than a paperwork issue.
During a recent appearance on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News, Kushner was asked about the investigation. Currently, Trump is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The probe took quite a turn when the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recovered more than a dozen boxes of highly classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Fla.
Under the Presidential Records Act, Trump was required to turn over all documents to the U.S. National Archives but the documents were transported to his property. Now, he is being investigated for possible violations of the Espionage Act.
In wake of the highly publicized search, many of the reports that followed have been relatively damning. So, Sky News host Kay Burley asked Kushner about the investigation.
Kushner calmly waved off the investigation. “Why did the president take home top secret documents?” Burley pressed Kushner.
“You have to ask him that question,” Kushner responded. “But what I will say is that ... he was under constant attack."
Burley quickly fired back with a counterargument. “Yeah, but he took top secret documents home, potentially risking the security of the United States,” Burley shot back.
Despite Burley stating the biggest problem with Trump's actions, Kushner suggested that the problem is nothing more than an "issue of paperwork."
In response, Kushner said, “This seems like it’s an issue of paperwork that should’ve been able to be worked out between DOJ and [Trump]. I don’t know what he took or what he didn’t take, but I think right now that we’re relying on leaks to the media.”
However, Burley didn't back down. “We’ve seen the photo, haven’t we, where it says ‘Top Secret’?” Burley asked. Per the news also wondered if Kushner was insinuating that Americans should “wait and see” if the files, in question, were actually top secret “even though we’re being told by the FBI that they were?”
Not wavering, Kushner stuck to his argument. “This may be a paperwork issue," he said. "I don’t know; like I said, I haven’t been involved in the details of it.”
Watch the full interview below or at this link.
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