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

Gladys Abbott
May 24, 2018

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.

In a statement, Lowell also revealed that Kushner had sat with special counsel Robert Mueller for a second time.

The first interview with Kushner occurred last fall.

Staff secretary Rob Porter later resigned. But attorney Edward MacMahon, who specializes in national security matters, suggested that the FBI would not have signed off on such a clearance if Kushner was a target of a ongoing criminal investigation.

Lowell said the permanent clearance will allow Kushner to access "all the material that he needs, and all the material he got in the past, in order to do the job the president has asked him to do". "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

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The White House defended the drawn-out process, claiming it wasn't unusual with Kushner's complicated financial history and contacts with numerous foreign officials.

According to a person familiar with the situation, Kushner was interviewed for a second time by the Mueller team in the second week of April. "On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

Kushner's lawyer said he has been cooperative with all congressional probes and Mueller's office.

Kushner is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, Lowell said. He said career staff at the White House and in an intelligence agency, typically the CIA, generally make the decisions about restoring a clearance.

The wealthy NY real estate developer had to refile the national security questionnaire required of all prospective White House employees after making a number of omissions. 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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