Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance Back

Saul Franklin
May 24, 2018

Mr Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, confirmed Mr Trump's adviser had now completed the security clearance process.

"Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interviews with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the Office of Special Counsel".

Kushner failed to disclose those meetings on his initial applications for security clearance, raising concerns about attempts to hide them.

Kushner's lawyer said Wednesday that Kushner completed the background check process that began a year ago.

Speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Lowell refused to repeat the exact questions Kushner was asked by the special counsel, but he did share the topics they discussed.

Kushner was stripped of his interim clearance in February amid an overhaul of procedures governing access to the nation's most sensitive secrets following the resignation of Rob Porter, the President's staff secretary, who had been allowed to remain in his post for months despite allegations of spouse abuse.

The granting of the security clearance suggests that investigators' scrutiny of Kushner has decreased significantly.

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Under his provisional clearance, Kushner had access to some of the most secret information in the White House, and attended the president's daily intelligence briefing.

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.

Some had expected Kushner might not receive a permanent clearance for the duration of Mueller's investigation. He had previously sat for an interview last November that was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He submitted another addendum in mid-May 2017 detailing more than 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries.

The White House denied that the lack of a clearance would hamper Kushner's work, even though he was the White House point man on Middle East peace talks.

Giuliani also urged the swift wrapping of the probe in the backdrop of former FBI Director James Comey revelation in the last days of the 2016 presidential race that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, according to several media reports.

But experts also pointed to more innocuous explanations, including that Kushner's extensive travel and overseas contacts, as well as his business interests, are more complex than many incoming government officials and might have taken more time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explore.

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