Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner gets security clearance back

Pauline Gross
May 24, 2018

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, finally has a permanent security clearance. He is married to Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter.

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

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

Lowell continued to sidestep the question of whether Kushner was a target, subject, or witness, saying, "Nobody has indicated they have any intention of saying to him, you've done something wrong that would merit any charges".

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

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Kushner and several other White House employees were working under provisional clearances that allowed them to see classified material while the Federal Bureau of Investigation checks were under way.

Lowell said that Kushner answered all questions that were asked.

He said Kushner's clearance was decided by career officials in the intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mueller is investigating Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates. Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian real estate firm, said this month that it had reached an agreement to invest in the property. He said career staff at the White House and in an intelligence agency, typically the CIA, generally make the decisions about restoring a clearance.

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.

The person familiar with the matter confirmed that Kushner was granted a top-secret clearance.

Lowell disputed that the initial security clearance application played any role in the delay in Kushner receiving his final clearance.

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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