Trump Adviser Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance

Tanya Simon
May 24, 2018

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, sat for a second interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling, an attorney for Kushner said.

At the time, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Kushner's downgraded clearance may still allow him access to sensitive information, but details were never clarified.

Lowell continued to sidestep the question of whether Kushner was a target, subject, or witness, saying, "Nobody has indicated they have any intention of saying to him, you've done something wrong that would merit any charges".

Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, confirmed his client had now completed the security clearance process.

As the application process was pending, Kushner's "top secret/sensitive compartmented information" access was downgraded in February when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered that officials with interim clearances be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances.

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A source told the Times that Kushner's clearance was approved by career staffers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the agency completed his background check.

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

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

Kushner had to file three updates to his national security questionnaire, a form that guides the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check and asks for information about a person's employment history, finances, family, travel and other matters. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.

Parts of the probe are related to Kushner's role during the campaign and transition, including contacts with Russians and his role in the early months of Trump's presidency.

But experts also pointed to more innocuous explanations, including that Kushner's extensive travel and overseas contacts, as well as his business interests, are more complex than many incoming government officials' and might have taken more time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explore.

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