White House: New policy won't affect Trump's son-in-law

Jared Kushner

Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump have been critical of Mr. Kelly in conversations with the president, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., surveying people about whether he should fire his chief of staff.

Jared Kushner is reportedly pushing back on efforts to rein in the flow of information among White House staffers who do not have a full security clearance.

"One White House official said that, although unspoken, it was clear that other staffers were anxious about raising questions about Porter's clearance issues because they were concerned it would resurrect scrutiny surrounding Kushner's own issues", CNN reported. Kushner has reportedly requested more intelligence information than nearly every other White House official outside of the National Security Council. There are differing opinions among sources as to whether or not Kelly is intentionally targeting Kushner with this policy revision, which is set to go into effect on Friday.

Kelly also directed his staff to discontinue top level security clearances for any staffer whose background investigation or adjudication process has been pending since before last June. The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted that Trump maintains full confidence in Kelly, but the apparent behind-the-scenes wrangling suggests that things are still in flux.

However, the person downplayed the extent to which his biggest portfolios - including attempting to broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians and working with China on trade issues - would require access to highly classified information.

Over the past 13 months Kusher's clearance has given him access to classified information including the president's daily briefing and intelligence summary.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office is investigating efforts by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to raise foreign financing for his family's company's real-estate project during the presidential transition, CNN reported Monday.

Kelly echoed Sanders in a statement to the New York Times.

"I" m not aware of any red flags", Sanders said. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", Kelly's statement said.

Kushner has been forced to repeatedly correct omissions in his "SF-86", the government-wide form used to apply for clearances, as well as his financial disclosure forms, which experts said could delay or even nix his chances of earning a clearance through the normal process.

Kushner has taken an active role in foreign policy in the Trump administration, and has requested access to more classified information than most other top White House aides, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Last week, left-wing watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed a complaint, calling on the White House to revoke Kushner's interim clearance.



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