Trump didn't request top secret clearance for his kids: official

USA TODAY - Despite reports suggesting the contrary, a transition team official says Donald Trump did not request or begin paperwork to have his children gain top-level security clearance, according to a pool report.

The official told the pool of reporters Monday that it wasn't something he was expecting right now.

Three of the president-elect's children — Donald, Eric and Ivanka — as well as his son-in-law Jared Kushner, were named to Trump's "Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee," which includes high-profile advisers, donors and congressional lawmakers.

CBS News reported Monday that Trump had asked the White House for permission to give his family top security clearance, raising questions about possible conflicts of interest, considering his children's involvement in a business network the president-elect arranged and called a "blind trust."

Trump's children said in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes that aired Sunday night that they will not hold any formal role their father's administration.

"I’m going to be a daughter," Ivanka Trump told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl.  "But I’ve — I’ve said throughout the campaign that I am very passionate about certain issues. And that I want to fight for them."

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