Kushner's Security Clearance Restored After Second Meeting With Mueller


White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has finally been granted permanent security clearance, according to The New York Times.

He said Kushner's clearance was decided by career officials in the intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As the application process was pending, Kushner's "top secret/sensitive compartmented information" access was downgraded in February when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered that officials with interim clearances be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation also affected Kushner's status in the White House, as some aspects of his inquiry related to Kushner's role during the presidential campaign through the presidency itself, including contacts with Russians and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Like the president, Kushner was previously a wealthy real estate magnate and headed up his family's company.

The first interview with Kushner occurred last fall.

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"With respect to the information about his everlasting safety clearance, as we said earlier than, his utility was correctly submitted, reviewed by profession officers, and went by way of the traditional course of". "Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interview with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the Office of Special Counsel".

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations", Lowell told the Times.

He used his interim clearance to read the president's daily brief and had requested more intelligence than any White House employee, other than National Security Council staff.

"As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico", Kelly said in a statement. But the delay opened an avenue of attack for Democrats, who questioned whether the investigation had unearthed information that raised doubts about whether he should be allowed access to sensitive information. He updated the form in the spring, listing about 100 contacts, but did not mention the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he attended with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

He omitted those relationships - dozens of them - when he filed his initial application for a security clearance, and was forced to amend it later.