Kushner’s lawyer’s flimsy explanation for his security clearance omissions quickly triggers skepticism from critics and those familiar with security clearance forms and their filing procedures.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law finds himself designated as a “person of interest” in the Russian scandal. Kushner maintains (along with Trump and Family) that he did nothing wrong. A larger issue is his lying on form SF86 for his security clearance. Kushner conveniently forgot to fill out the form correctly, omitting meetings with foreign contacts.
The form SF86 is used to grant security levels for government employees and contacts. According to Business Insider, Kushner originally filled out the form on January 18, where he disclosed no meetings with foreign officials during the presidential campaign or transition. Kushner, based on the information on this form, was given top security levels.
Since that time, it has come to light that Kushner omitted important meetings with dozens of foreign contacts from his national security form: a meeting with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a meeting with Sergey Gorkov, an FSB-trained leader of a bank subject to U.S. Sanctions, as well as the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (who is also linked to Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort), and quite possibly a Russian lobbyist.
Since his initial filing of the form, CBS News reports the most recent version now includes over 100 disclosures of contacts with foreign officials. Kushner has tried to cover himself by saying that the form “was sent accidentally” before he finished filling it out. The form has check boxes for “Yes” or “No” and Save. He has refiled the form 3 times.
No one agrees with Kushner. They say it is impossible to file the form “accidentally.” Law Professor Sam Bagestos says it is impossible, that one must click through boxes to save. Bagenstos showed a picture of the form in his Twitter account. Price Floyd former Head of Public Affairs at the Department of Defense, who has filled out lots of form FS86s, calls it BS on his Twitter account. Susan Hennessey, former IC lawyer and Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution says “ SF86 is printed out, signed, and then sent. You can’t accidentally hit submit.”
The form must also undergo a certification process, meaning verifying “that all your answers are true and complete to the best of your knowledge,” giving the applicant one more opportunity to make corrections or additions to the form. The form can then be electronically signed and filed.
Jared Kushner, another liar among liars in the presidential family.