‘This Is Now Espionage’: MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance Calls For Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance to be Pulled


The Washington Post reported tonight that senior White House advisor Jared Kushner attempted to set up a “secret and secure” backchannel with the Kremlin––and suggested that Russian diplomatic facilities in the United States be used to do so.

It is the sort a bombshell report that we’ve impossibly grown accustomed to of late, and immediately earned the sort of breathless coverage one finds on CNN and MSNBC of late. It was on the latter that MSNBC contributor and terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance dropped some serious rhetorical bombs on All In with Chris Hayes that should cause concern for anyone worried about the viability of a Trump administration. Or… it’s fake news.

Nance opened by respecting the rights of an incoming administration establishing relationships with foreign governments, noting that there is “nothing wrong with that.” He then turned serious, saying that “this nation is in a counterintelligence investigation.”

He went on to say “if this is true that he wanted covert communications with the Russian using Russian cryptographic systems in the hopes that we didn’t have those things broken, then this is now espionage.”

And if there was any uncertainty on his stance, he finished by saying, “This one incident requires Jared Kushner and all of his immediate staff to have their clearances pulled right now and to have the FBI descend on there and to determine whether this is hostile intelligence in the White House one step from the president.”

It is worth nothing that Nance is a decorated former Navy cryptography official, who has offered his expertise on many media outlets, and has consistently been critical of the Trump administration. Still, the clip above is worth a watch, courtesy of MSNBC.

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