Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says

Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says

A lawyer for President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, said her client has been interviewed a second time by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team.

He was the most high-profile of several top White House staffers caught in the aftermath of a scandal involving Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary accused by former wives of domestic violence.

In addition, Lowell said that Kushner had been interviewed a second time by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. Kushner previously sat for an interview last November, which was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"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", Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell said to The NYT. His initial security clearance application didn't list dozens of foreign contacts that he later included in updated submissions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

"I would say it is the definition of cooperation", Lowell said, pointing to Kushner's willingness to provide documents to the special counsel and to return for another interview when Mueller's team requested one.

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Last February, Kushner lost the temporary top secret clearance he had enjoyed since Trump came into power in January 2017, and his access to sensitive intelligence information was curtailed, although he did retain a lower clearance level, that of "secret". "Having completed these processes, Mr. Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do". He is married to Ivanka Trump, the president's oldest daughter.

Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues, was among many White House advisers who had been operating for months without full security clearances.

Some experts said the evolving disclosures might have been disqualifying for another person, and it could also explain the delay in granting Kushner 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.

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