Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Jared Kushner's security clearance has been restored

Jared Kushner senior White House adviser at the White House in Washington Jared Kushner senior White House adviser at the White House in Washington
Kelvin Reese | 24 May, 2018, 03:27

At long last - after about a year and a half of delays - Jared Kushner has received full White House security clearance.

The New York Times was the first to report on Kushner's permanent clearance.

He was the most high-profile of several top White House staffers caught in the aftermath of a scandal involving Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary accused by former wives of domestic violence.

Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been operating without approval for full security clearances.

Kushner is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities.

Lowell said that Kushner a year ago became "one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics". "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

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Separately, Mr Lowell told CNN that his client was grilled for a second time for seven hours by Mr Mueller's investigators last month.

Kushner subsequently amended the form once again after it was revealed that he met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had met with him based on the promise that she had damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The person familiar with the matter confirmed that Kushner was granted a top-secret clearance. Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, has been granted permanent security clearance. Those clearances were stripped in February under a new White House policy, it added.

Kushner's application had been beset by multiple revisions and previously undisclosed contacts with foreign individuals.

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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