Trump forced his Chief of Staff and counsel to grant Ivanka a security clearance. They objected.
It is now coming to light that President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is not the only one needing special approvals to get their security clearance.
According to three people familiar with the matter and verified by CNN, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, also needed his help in order to get her top-secret clearance.
Not only that, but then-chief of staff John Kelly and White House counsel Don McGahn objected, saying they weren't able to recommend she get one.
Ivanka Trump went on television just a few weeks ago in an attempt to do damage control for her husband, and said on the record that the president had no involvement. Trump also backed up that story with the public. Now, we're learning differently. While it isn't a huge surprise, it's just the latest thing from this White House that's turning out to be false. It's creating problems.
Here's Ivanka Trump earlier this month telling ABC that the president "had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance." That is now directly contradicted by new reporting in the New York Times. pic.twitter.com/LGrTN5LQfZ— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 1, 2019
The House Oversight committee says it will try and get to the bottom of the matter, and is requesting the documentation on Jared Kushner's clearance. Since this just dropped on Ivanka, expect them to also request hers.
It must be noted that Trump has the legal authority to override his subordinates but it's very uncommon. The people entrusted to do their jobs vetting people's backgrounds are being told to set aside those recommendations for the simple reason that they're family.
The White House also lied about it because they wanted to give the impression of fairness to everyone else who has to go through the same process, but that clearly didn't happen.