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Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

24 May 2018, 03:29 | Lionel James

Trump Adviser Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance

Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators questioned White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about potential Russian collusion, his contacts with foreign nationals and potential obstruction issues, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Kushner's lawyer said Wednesday.

The attorney, Abbe Lowell, made the revelation to The New York Times, which also reported that Kushner had been granted a permanent security clearance after more than a year of vetting by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said career staff at the White House and in an intelligence agency, typically the CIA, generally make the decisions about restoring a clearance.

"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", said Lowell, Kushner's lawyer.

He said his client was "looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner's permission to view top secret information was revoked in February after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly declared a moratorium on temporary security clearances.

Kushner - the point of contact for foreign officials during the campaign and transition - was also alluded to, though not by name, in Flynn's guilty plea as a transition team official who encouraged Flynn to contact foreign government officials, about a U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.

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He is married to the president's oldest daughter Ivanka Trump.

A background check of Kushner run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation took more than a year to clear.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Kushner was interviewed for a second time by the Mueller team in the second week of April.

The news came hours after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment at a congressional hearing on Kushner's ability to operate as a Mideast peace envoy without access to high-level, classified information. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".

White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application.

Kushner had to file three updates to his national security questionnaire, a form that guides the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check and asks for information about a person's employment history, finances, family, travel and other matters.



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