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Trump Adviser Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance

24 May, 2018, 03:31 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Kushner's clearance was stripped in February after concern about his role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team on a wide range of topics including Trump's firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.

A source told The Times that Kushner's clearance was approved by career staffers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his background check by the agency was complete.

Lowell told Newsweek that Kushner was one of the first to cooperate in any investigation involving the Trump campaign. "Having completed these processes, Mr. Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner's 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.

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 18, 2018. But attorney Edward MacMahon, who specializes in national security matters, suggested that the FBI would not have signed off on such a clearance if Kushner was a target of a ongoing criminal investigation.

Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter.


Parts of the probe are related to Kushner's role during the campaign and transition, including contacts with Russians and his role in the early months of Trump's presidency.

When Trump took office a year ago, Kushner was granted interim clearance which allowed him to handle classified information while his background check was ongoing.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Kushner was interviewed for a second time by the Mueller team in the second week of April. Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, has been granted permanent security clearance.

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office. The delay in Kushner's case was caused by a backlog in the new administration and Kushner's extensive financial wealth, which required lengthy review, Lowell said.

Kushner's application had been beset by multiple revisions and previously undisclosed contacts with foreign individuals. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation". Then, in June, Kushner filed a third addendum acknowledging a meeting he had in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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