Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Reinstated

Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law Trump Adviser Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance
Nina Mathis | 24 May, 2018, 09:08

In Kushner's case, the delay in the FBI investigation of his background combined with the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into his contacts with Russian officials raised speculation about whether he could be subject to blackmail, a situation that could put the confidential information he might know at risk.

It was not immediately clear when the second interview took place or what was asked, though Kushner played a role in several episodes being examined by Mueller.

The special counsel's questioning focused only on Kushner's work with Trump and did not include topics such as Kushner's personal finances or those of his family business, Kushner Companies, according to the person.

Tuesday, Trump signed a bill mandating that the White House Office of Administration report to Congress on the cause of backlogs in security clearances. 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.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the (investigations)", Lowell said. The person who spoke about Kushner's security clearance insisted on anonymity to discuss the process.




Abbe Lowell, a personal attorney for Kushner, said in a statement: "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".

The granting of the security clearance suggests that investigators' scrutiny of Kushner has decreased significantly. That first session was reportedly limited to questions about former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, who later was charged with lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kushner's 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. The classified materials included Trump's daily intelligence briefing.

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.

Kushner attended a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian at Trump Tower during the campaign in an attempt to get disparaging information on Hillary Clinton, and he attempted to set up a "back channel" to the Kremlin during the presidential transition.

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