Jared Kushner speaks out

Donald Trump's son-in-law responds to claims that the president ordered his chief of staff to give him top-secret security clearance. ABC News' Zachary Kiesch reports.
2:23 | 03/01/19

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Friday morning everybody we begin with a developing story overnight president Trump's son in law responding for the first time to it an explosive new report. About how he obtained his top secret security clearance. The New York Times reports that president trump ordered his chief of staff to grant Jared Kushner clearance. That contradicts what the president said previously when he denied any involved. Meant the clearance was granted despite concerns among national security officials. ABC's -- he she is here at the details this morning Zachary. Kenneth and you name this clearance means access the most sensitive information in this country. Last night Jared Kushner as attorney telling Fox News he got the clearance to regular process with no pressure from anybody. This morning a stunning report in New York Times outlining how the president ordered his former chief of staff John Kelly. To get his seven Maher Jared Kushner a top secret security clearance. According to the times both as CIA in former White House counsel. Don McGann recommended Dick Kushner be denied top secret clearance with the paper suggests that last year trumps former chief of staff John Kelly. Wrote a memo saying the president had quote ordered him to clear Kushner is path that contradicts comments the president made of the times just last month. Yeah. Period. There are no I don't think I have the authority to do that I'm not sure did. But I I would I wouldn't I wouldn't do it guarantee good I was I was never involved with the security. The president's daughter eve vodka trump recently told the views Abby Huntsman. There were no favors done for her or her husband. There are a lot of people the question whether. You are given special treatment by the president's overriding other absolutely endless. Elijah comics chairman of the house oversight committee is threatening to subpoena the White House if they don't cooperate. Sitting in a statement the security clearance process is supposed to function in an even handed in neutral man based on the national security interest. Of the United States Ry John Coleman is a former counterterrorism coordinator. At the Department of Homeland Security. Just because he can do it doesn't mean it's in the best interest of our national security. White house Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a statement saying. We don't comment on security clearances can and we will see what the White House says if anything later today Zachary thank you.

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