John Podesta: “Kushner Better Start Wearing His Kevlar On His Back”

Former Clinton campaign manager John Podesta raised some eyebrows in a Tuesday tweet directed at Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who reportedly just lost his access to top secret information amid accusations that “officials in at least four countries” had discussed ways to manipulate the 37-year-old real estate magnate.

“Jared better start wearing his kevlar on his back,” Podesta tweeted after suggesting that Kushner’s troubles had just begun – referencing a widely mocked picture taken Iraq of Jared awkwardly wearing a bulletproof vest over a blazer.


As we reported yesterday, all White House aides working on the highest-level interim security clearance were informed on Friday that they will have their clearance downgraded from “Top Secret/SCI-level” to “secret” – walling them off from the most sensitive information – including Kushner.

Many had expected that Trump would grant Kushner a waiver, even though Trump himself said Friday that he would let Chief of Staff John Kelly decide if such an exception should be granted. In a statement issued last week, Kelly said that any changes to Kushner’s security clearance wouldn’t impact his ability to do his job:

“As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said in the statement.

Meanwhile, hours after Politico dropped the news about Kushner’s security downgrade, the Washington Post – where John Podesta now hangs his hat, reported that officials from at least four countries – China, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates have explored ways to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his “complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience.” The story cited current and former US intelligence officials – and noted that it is unclear on whether the cited countries took any action.

As we reported yesterday, all White House aides working on the highest-level interim security clearance were informed on Friday that they will have their clearance downgraded from “Top Secret/SCI-level” to “secret” – walling them off from the most sensitive information – including Kushner.

Many had expected that Trump would grant Kushner a waiver, even though Trump himself said Friday that he would let Chief of Staff John Kelly decide if such an exception should be granted. In a statement issued last week, Kelly said that any changes to Kushner’s security clearance wouldn’t impact his ability to do his job:

“As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said in the statement.

Meanwhile, hours after Politico dropped the news about Kushner’s security downgrade, the Washington Post – where John Podesta now hangs his hat, reported that officials from at least four countries – China, Israel, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates have explored ways to manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his “complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience.” The story cited current and former US intelligence officials – and noted that it is unclear on whether the cited countries took any action.

This article was reprinted with permission from zerohedge.com

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