Trump overruled his staff to give Ivanka access to top-secret intelligence

Updated: Nov 23, 2019

Both Don McGahn and John Kelly reportedly refused, so Trump upgraded his daughter’s clearance himself. Why does she need it? Brat. 🐷

"Last week, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump ordered that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be given a top-secret security clearance, even after intelligence officials discovered problems with his background check. The F.B.I., White House counsel Don McGahn, and Chief of Staff John Kelly all expressed concerns, but Trump overruled them. Back in January, Trump had said he would never do such a thing. “I know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually,” he said in an interview. “But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff.” After the Times report, the White House changed its tune. “We don’t discuss security clearances,” senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News. “But I will tell you that the president has the absolute right to do what was described.”

"No surprise then that CNN reports Trump pulled the same strings for his daughter Ivanka Trump,who is also a senior adviser. According to the report, Trump pushed Kelly and McGahn (both of whom have since left the White House), so as to avoid the appearance of nepotism. Both refused, three sources told CNN, and so Trump granted Ivanka and Kushner top-secret security clearances himself. Ivanka said in an interview over three weeks ago that her father had “no involvement” in getting her or her husband their security clearances. (“I honestly don’t know what’s sadder,” comedian John Oliver quipped the other night, “either Ivanka is knowingly lying about her dad forcing her and Jared’s security clearance through, or she genuinely thinks they got it on merit on their own.")"


Vanity Fair, March 6, 2019