Mueller reportedly crossing Trump 'red line,' investigating Kushner's business dealings

Hannah Rogers
February 22, 2018

According to some people in the White House, Kelly's new policy states that employees like Kushner with interim security statuses will no longer have access to top intelligence information.

Kelly echoed Sanders in a statement to the New York Times.

Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump have been critical of Mr. Kelly in conversations with the president, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., surveying people about whether he should fire his chief of staff.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner doesn't want to give up the interim security clearance that gives him access to highly classified information, even though his current duties likely don't require him to view top-secret material, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. "He continues and will continue to be a valued member of the team". The White House, addressing questions about Kushner's future clearance, said Tuesday his work would be unaffected by the overhaul.

The White House released a memo last week, in which Kelly announced that the administration is looking to limited 'temporary security clearances.' In addition, the memo also stated that there are possibilities of cutting off certain clearances temporarily.

Kelly's change only applies to clearances for access to the apex of the classification pyramid - top secret and sensitive compartmented information - not to lower-level clearances required to handle secret or confidential information.

Kushner wore many different hats during the transition including spearheading outreach on behalf of President Trump to

Following the firing of Rob Porter and revelations that he was able to use an interim security clearance despite allegations of domestic abuse, Kelly has set out to reform the security clearance process in the White House.

His permanent clearance was reportedly stalled past year because he had to amend his application multiple times. Kelly, the Times reported, is trying to close a "loophole" in the clearance process, leading to the alleged confrontation with Kushner which Kelly has denied.

"Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the President's agenda".

Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said that the president could intervene to over-ride his chief of staff.

Kushner's clearance has afforded him access to closely guarded information, including the presidential daily brief, the intelligence summary Trump receives every day, but it has not been made permanent, and his background investigation is still pending after 13 months serving in Trump's inner circle.

'I think it's irresponsible to suggest that without having seen any individual's file, ' she said, upbraiding a reporter.

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