Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Jared Kushner now has permanent security clearance

Jared Kushner now has permanent security clearance

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday, ending a period of uncertainty that had fueled questions about whether Mr. Kushner was in peril in the special counsel investigation.

"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", Lowell said in a statement.

Staff secretary Rob Porter later resigned.

Kushner met with Mueller's investigators a second time in April and answered questions for seven hours, according to his attorney, Abbe Lowell.

Kushner - the point of contact for foreign officials during the campaign and transition - was also alluded to, though not by name, in Flynn's guilty plea as a transition team official who encouraged Flynn to contact foreign government officials, about a U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.

"His application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process", said Lowell.

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

Kushner has had two interview sessions with the special counsel's team.

Married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, Kushner is a special advisor to the President and his special envoy on the Middle East Peace Process. Kushner's family business, for example, is finalizing a deal to finance its most troubled Manhattan property, 666 Fifth Ave., which faces a deadline early next year for repayment of a $1.2 billion debt.

Lowell said the terms "witness or a subject or target of the investigation" were in fact "words that you guys in the media report and they make no sense to people who are practicing lawyers".

Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks for security clearances routinely examine an applicant's financial holdings and foreign contacts.

Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported. Those clearances were stripped in February under a new White House policy, it added. Then, in June, Kushner filed a third addendum acknowledging a meeting he had in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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