Trump's son-in-law gets back top secret security clearance

24 May, 2018, 09:09 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner had lost his'Top Secret  SCI security clearance as part of a West Wing-wide review in February but got it back this week

President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad global portfolio can have access to some of the country's most closely held secrets.

There was also Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which includes investigations into Kushner's contacts with Russian representatives during the campaign. Lowell said that akin to other staff members of the White House who have reportedly attempted to answer all questions posed by the special prosecutor's team, Kushner did everything in his power to answer truthfully and expedite the "conclusion of the investigations".

"With respect with the news of his clearance being restored, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and went through the normal process", Lowell said.

Kushner failed to disclose those meetings on his initial applications for security clearance, raising concerns about attempts to hide them. Kushner was with President Donald Trump while Trump deliberated Comey's fate, during a critical weekend at his golf club Bedminster in May 2017, and he urged his father-in-law to fire Comey.

Kushner was one of many White House officials who had been operating for months on interim clearances.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly yanked several senior officials temporary top-level clearances in February
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly yanked several senior officials temporary top-level clearances in February

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.

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.

"Having completed these processes, Mr Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

The news of the Mueller interview comes as ABC News has learned Kushner has been granted a permanent security clearance on Wednesday after a lengthy review by the White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter. At the time, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Kushner's downgraded clearance may still allow him access to sensitive information, but details were never clarified.

Kushner attended a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian at Trump Tower during the campaign in an attempt to get disparaging information on Hillary Clinton, and he attempted to set up a "back channel" to the Kremlin during the presidential transition.

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