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Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Representing the 8th District of Illinois

Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ted Lieu Lead Letter To John Kelly Asking If He’ll Fulfill Pledge To Deny Kushner Access To Classified Materials

February 27, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressmen Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ted Lieu today led 14 colleagues in a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly questioning Jared Kushner’s access to top secret materials in the wake of Kelly’s announcement that those, such as Kushner, with interim clearances, would be denied that access. The text of their letter follows.


February 27, 2018


General John Kelly

White House Chief of Staff

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear General Kelly,


On February 16, 2018, you sent a memorandum to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joseph Hagin regarding improvements to the security clearance process. In particular, this memo stated the following change to the handling of classified information:


“Effective one week from today, discontinue any Top Secret or SCI-level interim security clearances for individuals whose investigations or adjudications have been pending since June 1, 2017 or before. Similar reviews will occur for long-outstanding adjudications”[1].


Can you please confirm that Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner is no longer able to access TS/SCI material, including the President’s Daily Brief?


If Mr. Kushner maintains his access to classified documents, please let us know why your policy of February 16 no longer stands and what, if any, plans exist to secure access to classified information.


We thank you for your attention to this matter.



Raja Krishnamoorthi                          Ted W Lieu


Debbie Wasserman Schultz                Nydia M. Velázquez


Bonnie Watson Coleman                     Donald Norcross


Darren Soto                                          Henry C. “Hank” Johnson


Pramila Jayapal                                    Carol Shea-Porter


Steve Cohen                                          Jamie Raskin


Brendan F. Boyle                                   Frank Pallone Jr.


Mark DeSaulnier                                   Donald S. Beyer Jr.

[1] “Read Kelly’s Memo of Proposed Changes to White House Security Clearance Process”, Washington Post, 16 February 2018.

The signed letter is viewable here