Kushner receives permanent security clearance

24 May, 2018, 03:45 | Author: Clint Gray
  • Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, had his security clearance restored after nearly three months in limbo.

Kushner, married to Trump's eldest daughter and fellow White House senior adviser Ivanka, saw his top-level clearance revoked earlier this year after chief of staff John Kelly instituted a new policy that also saw others have their clearances downgraded. "Having completed these processes, Mr. Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do", said Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell.

The news comes as Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, lost access to sensitive intelligence in February because he was never permanently cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was operating on an interim security clearance, which only gave him access to "secret" level intelligence, The NYT reported.

It was not immediately clear whether Kushner had access to some classified material in the months since his clearance was downgraded.

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The interviews also touched on the investigation into Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, but the questions didn't delve into Kushner's personal financial dealings, Lowell said.

According to the person, Mueller's team did not ask questions about Kushner's business or finances, including his family's real estate company.

Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer, said people who lose their interim security clearances are often able to get them restored after a fuller investigation of the issues that caused concern for security officers.

The person familiar with the matter confirmed that Kushner was granted a top-secret clearance.

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And in February The Washington Post reported that several other overseas nations - UAE, China, Israel, and Mexico - were discussing ways of manipulating Kushner to push USA foreign policy in each nation's favor.

Kushner's background check took more than a year. He submitted another addendum in mid-May 2017 detailing more than 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries.

Among his undisclosed contacts was his presence at a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and a Kremlin-connected lawyer who supposedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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