Jared Kusner Regains White House Security Clearance

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner Presiden

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 worldwide portfolio can have access to some of the country's most closely held secrets.

Kushner's background check took more than a year.

Tuesday, Trump signed a bill mandating that the White House Office of Administration report to Congress on the cause of backlogs in security clearances.

Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, said in a statement: "With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process".

The wealthy NY real estate developer had to refile the national security questionnaire required of all prospective White House employees after making a number of omissions.

Lowell said the permanent clearance will allow Kushner to access "all the material that he needs, and all the material he got in the past, in order to do the job the president has asked him to do".

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.

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 18, 2018.

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.

Lowell said that Kushner a year ago became "one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics". That means Kushner once again has access to the nation's most sensitive information. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation". At one point, the White House had dozens of employees awaiting permanent clearances before Chief of Staff John F. Kelly ordered an overhaul of the process. White House officials were adamant that the lengthy process was not unusual for a government official who has a complicated financial history and many foreign contacts.

When Kushner first filed his SF-86 form shortly after President Donald Trump's election in 2016, it listed precisely zero contacts with foreign officials.



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