Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, had his White House security clearance restored Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter said, after months of uncertainty stemming in part from his role in the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Kushner, who is also the president's son-in-law, had previously been working off of an interim security clearance until late February, when Kelly set a deadline for halting access to top-secret information for anyone whose applications had been pending since June 1 or earlier.

The news of the Mueller interview comes as ABC News has learned Kushner has been granted a permanent security clearance on Wednesday after a lengthy review by the White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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

Lowell in his statement said Kushner had cooperated with all investigations into the Trump campaign and administration. "Having completed all of these processes, he is looking to continue to do the work the President has asked him to do". Then, in mid-April, Kushner sat for six to seven hours of questions that covered many topics, including his work on the Trump campaign, the transition and in the White House and about Trump's decision in May 2017 to fire Comey, the person said.

The issuing of Kushner's clearance, following the second interview, suggests he may no longer be a subject of Mueller's investigation, said Mark Zaid, a lawyer who has spent years arguing security clearance cases.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations", Lowell said. He could lose his clearance tomorrow if he is indicted.

"With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process", said Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell.

Staff secretary Rob Porter later resigned. But the delay opened an avenue of attack for Democrats, who questioned whether the investigation had unearthed information that raised doubts about whether he should be allowed access to sensitive information. 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.

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