Jared Kushner granted permanent security clearance

Ann Santiago
May 24, 2018

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

The president's son-in-law had his temporary clearance revoked in February as the White House changed its security procedures.

Staff secretary Rob Porter later resigned.

The second interview occurred in April and concerned potential influence by foreign governments, including Russian Federation, and the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, among other topics, Lowell said on CNN.

Citing officials familiar with the matter, CNN did not detail Kushner's level of clearance or what caused law-enforcement authorities to grant it. Porter's security clearance was held up for nearly a year while he worked on an interim clearance- though he continued to have access to nearly every classified and unclassified document coming in and out of the Oval Office. "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation", Lowell said.

Kushner was first interviewed in November, when the focus was mainly on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is married to Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter.

Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, confirmed his client had now completed the security clearance process. Kushner's family business, for example, is finalizing a deal to finance its most troubled Manhattan property, 666 Fifth Ave., which faces a deadline early next year for repayment of a $1.2 billion debt.

Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks for security clearances routinely examine an applicant's financial holdings and foreign contacts.

Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear.

Kushner's initial SF-86 form did not mention any foreign contacts, though he quickly supplemented it to indicate that he would provide that information.

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