The details of how White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was able to overcome security concerns to obtain access to highly classified information will soon come under the microscope.
NBC News reported on Wednesday that the House Oversight Committee is preparing to investigate the White House security clearance process, and Kushner has been one of the most controversial officials to receive top clearance.
"The Committee on Oversight and Reform is launching an in-depth investigation of the security clearance process at the White House and Transition Team in response to grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump administration," Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, said in a letter to the White House obtained by NBC News.
Last February, NBC News reported that more than 130 political appointees working in the Executive Office of the President did not have permanent security clearances as of November 2017, including the president's daughter Ivanka; Kushner, her husband; and the president's top legal counsel. Kushner has since obtained a clearance, according to his lawyer, despite reports that he has been targeted for manipulation by foreign governments.
Numerous current and former administration officials are on the committee’s radar, according to Cummings, including:
• Senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner
• National security adviser John Bolton
• Former national security adviser Michael Flynn
• Flynn's son, Michael Flynn Jr.
• Former deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland
• Former White House staff secretary Robert Porter
• Former National Security Council senior director Robin Townley
• Trump's former personal assistant, John McEntee
• Former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka