White House adviser Kushner's permanent security clearance restored

Posted May 24, 2018

Jared Kushner, who is leading a White House effort to jump-start peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, has been granted security clearance after operating for months without it, USA media outlets reported on Wednesday.

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.

Abbe Lowell, an 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".

Lowell told Newsweek that Kushner was one of the first to cooperate in any investigation involving the Trump campaign.

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He said his client was "looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

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.

Kushner is also believed to be the "very senior" member of the Trump transition team who directed Michael Flynn to lobby Russian Federation against a United Nations Security Council resolution concerning Israel in late 2016.

According to the person, Mueller's team did not ask questions about Kushner's business or finances, including his family's real estate company. That meant Kushner was able to see information only at the lower "secret" level, but not highly classified information. But The Washington Post reported that he had secured a permanent clearance.

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Some had expected Kushner might not receive a permanent clearance for the duration of Mueller's investigation.

But Kushner's access eventually drew significant scrutiny because of a number of errors on his security clearance forms, including dozens of foreign contacts he had failed to disclose.

Kushner later updated the questionnaire multiple times to account for all relevant meetings, including "over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries", Gorelick told ABC News.

Kushner's lawyer said Wednesday that Kushner completed the background check process that began past year.

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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.