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Did Trump Try To Give His Kids Top Secret Clearance?

Trump reportedly wanted to give his children top secret security clearance. Cenk Uygur, Kim Horcher, and Francis Maxwell, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“We’re not even a week into the still-indigestible reality of President-elect Donald Trump and the incoming administration is already up to its armpits in conflicts of interest, internal squabbling, heavy-handed recriminations, and absurdist incompetence.

To pick out just one representative example of all this is difficult given that the Trump transition is predictably shaping up to be a vast substrate for corruption and scandal, but if forced, I’m going to have to go with the report that Trump wanted to give his adult children top secret security clearances.

The Trump transition team is denying that such a request was made, but several media outlets have reported that this move was under consideration. And it’s by no means outlandish to think that Trump and his cronies would consider going down this route. After all, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump are all part of the transition team that is responsible for staffing the incoming administration and setting the policy agenda.

Mike Rogers, a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who was reportedly ousted from the transition effort as part of a broader “Stalinesque purge” of non-loyalists, issued a statement saying that his national security work would be passed off, in part, to “the Trump family.”

There is, of course, no practical reason for Trump’s kids to be involved in any way with national security or foreign policy decisions. Not one of them has any experience in the field. They are executives in their father’s company, which has substantial overseas interests and thus numerous potential conflicts of interest. As the Daily Beast has reported, there are anti-nepotism laws in place that were designed to prevent precisely this sort of toxic intermingling of personal and governmental business.”*

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Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Kim Horcher, Francis Maxwell
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