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Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner gets security clearance back

Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner gets security clearance back

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks during a Prison Reform Summit in the East Room of the White House May 18. Chief of staff John Kelly shook up the clearance process at the time following the resignation of former White House aide Rob Porter, who maintained the check after he was accused of physically assaulting several past spouses.

White House adviser Jared Kushner - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law - has been granted a permanent security clearance. After it became clear that Kushner had actually met with many foreign officials during the presidential campaign, however, he amended his form to reflect more than 100 contacts.

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". Kushner had been working under an interim clearance, but it was revoked in February during procedural changes in the White House.

Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported.

In addition, Kushner was interviewed for a second time last month by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".

Susan Walsh  AP
Susan Walsh AP

"For that job, he would normally need top secret and SCI", Zaid said.

The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Kushner's permanent clearance is the "top" level White House level clearance.

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. 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. 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.

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