Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Trump son-in-law Kushner gets security clearance back

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner President Donald Trump's son-in-law has been granted permanent security clearance. That's according to a person Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law
Beatrice Douglas | 24 May, 2018, 09:07

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner was granted permanent security clearance after a year of background checks, according to The New York Times Wednesday.

Factors including Kushner's involvement in events under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his lack of candor in reporting his foreign contacts on the initial clearance form also reportedly contributed to the removal. Kushner previously spoke with investigators in November and was primarily asked about matters involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.

Kushner lost his access to the country's deepest secrets when White House chief of staff John Kelly downgraded Kushner's clearance due to questions that arose during Kushner's background briefing.

His lawyer, who said Kushner recently sat for a second interview with Mueller's team, denied that those mistakes had anything to do with the delay.

Tuesday, Trump signed a bill mandating that the White House Office of Administration report to Congress on the cause of backlogs in security clearances.


The second, which occurred in April of this year, focused on the campaign, the transition and other topics, including the circumstances of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the source said, adding that there were no questions about Kushner's financial dealings or his family business.

The FBI completed its thorough investigation of Kushner's financial activities and foreign contacts, a task taking more than a year and which had to be finalized before the husband of Trump's oldest child Ivanka could re-obtain permission to access the most closely guarded United States secrets, Efe reported.

Zaid said he presumed Kushner received a permanent top-secret clearance with access to secure compartmented information - the clearance access usually needed to review the highly classified intelligence presented each day in the President's Daily Brief.

He was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before former FBI Director James Comey was sacked, and he was among the attendees at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer at which the president's oldest son was promised negative information about Hillary Clinton. "Throughout the process, Mr. Kushner has continued to work on a number of foreign policy and domestic issues with no interruption".

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