Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance Back

Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance Back

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has reportedly had his top-level security clearance restored after he lost it amid a broader White House shake-up in February.

Kushner sat down with investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller for at least the second time last month, said a source familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the criminal investigation.

In February, Kushner was stripped of his temporary, high-level security clearance after White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed new rules created to crack down on West Wing staff with long-pending background investigations, sources told ABC News at the time. 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.

"With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process", Lowell told The Times.

Investigators also asked Kushner about his role in Comey's dismissal, Lowell said, which is a central part of the obstruction inquiry.

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Kushner was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before Comey was sacked, and he was among the attendees at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer at which the president's oldest son was told he would negative information about Hillary Clinton.

That move was the result of a decision by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to withdraw the temporary top secret clearances from those employees who had held them for more than eight months without the required background investigations on them having been completed.

Mueller is investigating the Trump campaign's ties with Russian election meddling. That meant Kushner was able to see information only at the lower "secret" level, but not highly classified information.

Asked whether Kushner is fully cooperating with Mueller's office, Lowell said, "I don't know that anybody could be cooperating with them more".

Kushner, who maintains a wide-ranging White House portfolio that includes leading the administration's Middle East policy, lost his clearance under a new set of White House procedures implemented after a top White House aide, Rob Porter, was permitted to remain in his position for months after the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered allegations of spousal abuse against him. "Throughout the process, Mr. Kushner has continued to work on a number of foreign policy and domestic issues with no interruption".

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