Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced two amendments on Monday. One would would strip funding from the office of senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, while the other would help reduce conflicts-of-interest arising from Trump’s family and businesses.
According to The Hill, the first amendment says that anyone who has resubmitted a SF-86 security clearance form more than twice to add previously undisclosed contact with Russian officials will no longer receive a salary or the expenses for an office space or support staff. Such a person would also not be able to receive classified information.
The only person to have done so—at least, so far—is Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, who has updated his security clearance form multiple times since taking a position in the White House, including one update that featured more than 100 contacts with foreign officials. In a press release, Lieu said:
Despite repeatedly lying about his meetings with the Russians, Jared Kushner continues to have access to classified information and an office in the West Wing.
Let us be clear: Any individual who committed the same act and was not related to the President would have been stripped of their security clearance and investigated. If the President wants to create special rules for his son-in-law, Congress must act instead by prohibiting him from receiving classified information and relieving taxpayers from paying his expenses.
During his remarks to congressional investigators on Monday, Kushner blamed an assistant for prematurely submitting the form, calling it a “miscommunication.”
The second amendment blocks defense funds from being used to “conduct business, including the purchase of hotel rooms or conference space, with any entity owned by or significantly controlled by the President or a member of the President’s immediate family.” This would address the many times foreign officials and dignitaries have patronized a Trump hotel hoping to gain favor with the administration.