Security clearance

Kushner, for first time, claims he never discussed security clearance with Trump

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

Jared Kushner denied on "Axios on HBO" that he discussed his top-secret security clearance with his father-in-law, even though President Trump is said to have personally ordered the clearance over the advice of his own staff. This is first time Kushner has denied it on the record.

Why it matters: Trump and Kushner talk constantly about key decisions. This gives House committees a new marker as they continue their investigation of White House security clearances.

Cummings holds off on holding White House official Kline in contempt

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings is postponing holding a former White House official in contempt.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings agreed in a letter to former White House personnel security director Carl Kline Saturday to a transcribed interview with him, holding off on a contempt threat.

"I am confident that the Committee could move forward with contempt against you immediately, particularly since your defiance of the Committee's subpoena was so flagrant. However, I have always endeavored to be as fair as possible in the pursuit of truth, particularly with witnesses who are willing to come before the Committee."