While the Democratic National Committee is calling for the White House to revoke the security clearance recently granted to embattled presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, New Jersey Senator and possible Democratic contender for president, Cory Booker, is remaining mum on the issue.
On CNN this Sunday, Senator Booker said the following regarding the Kushner issue, “I think we need to first get to the bottom of it. He needs to answer for what was happening at the time. It raises very serious concerns for me. And that could be a potential outcome that I seek, but I want to understand, at least hear from Jared Kushner, as well as the administration, about what was exactly going on there.”
This is at odds with most democrats in Congress, who are currently calling for Kushner to be investigated over ties to Russia and possible back-channel communications with the Putin regime. Representative Adam Schiff of California, who is also the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has specifically cited Kushner as someone whose security credentials should be reviewed by the administration.
“There’s another question about his security clearance, and whether he was forthcoming about his contacts [with Russia],” Schiff stated in a recent interview with ABC’s Martha Raddatz. “If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back channel and didn’t reveal that, that’s a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that security clearance.”
He then added, “I think we need to get to the bottom of these allegations. But I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance, and find out whether he was truthful and he was candid. If not then there’s no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance.”
Aside from his middling stance on Kushner, Booker remained skeptical in the interview about the potential for presidential impeachment as well.
“I’m not going to rush to impeachment,” Booker said.
This all comes along with the revelations that Kusher and his companies have donated over $41,000 to Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign committee. Kushner’s wife, Ivanka Trump, also hosted a fundraiser for then-candidate Booker. Kusher was also discovered to have made a $20,000 donation to Booker’s campaign for Mayor of Newark, NJ in 2009. Booker then attended the Trump-Kushner wedding.
This is not Booker’s first time being at odds with his party and their base of voters. In 2012, he defended Mitt Romney’s venture capital connections, slamming President Obama during his reelection campaign for making them an issue. Additionally, Booker recently cast a disappointing vote in the Senate against a bill that would have allowed Americans to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.