Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Kushner receives permanent security clearance

Kushner receives permanent security clearance

That policy was ended in February by the White House.

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.

By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 24 (PTI) Jarred Kushner, the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, has finally received security clearance, a media report said today, bringing cheers to his supporters and the White House staffers.

That's according to a person with knowledge of the decision but wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

When Trump took office past year, Kushner was granted interim clearance which allowed him to handle classified information while his background check was ongoing.

Mr. Kushner's F.B.I. background checks had dragged on for a year.

Susan Walsh  AP
Susan Walsh AP

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.

"With respect with the news of his clearance being restored, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and went through the normal process", Lowell said.

Kushner's attorney would not rule out that Mueller might ask Kushner for a third interview, though Lowell said it was unlikely.

Kushner's security clearance reinstatement comes after a second meeting he had with Mueller in April, in which he answered questions for seven hours.

Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits. Even without a permanent clearance, the president's son-in-law had been allowed to see materials, including the president's daily brief, that are among the most sensitive in government.

Kushner's initial SF-86 form did not mention any foreign contacts, though he quickly supplemented it to indicate that he would provide that information.

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