Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Jared Kushner finally gets permanent security clearance

Jared Kushner finally gets permanent security clearance

Kushner's clearance was stripped in February.

The New York Times has confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has concluded their background check into President Donald Trump's son-in-law and policy adviser.

As one of Trump's closest advisers, Kushner has been a key figure in the special counsel investigation into suspected Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"With respect to the news about his permanent security clearance, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process", Lowell continued.

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"Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do", said Abbe D Lowell, attorney of Kushner, in a statement.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner arrives for U.S. first lady Melania Trump's "launch of her initiatives" and "Be Best" campaign in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2018.

Kushner and several other White House employees were working under provisional clearances that allowed them to see classified material while the Federal Bureau of Investigation checks were under way. "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

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Lowell added that Kushner was not asked about his personal finances or his family's real estate business. He said career staff at the White House and in an intelligence agency, typically the CIA, generally make the decisions about restoring a clearance. That meant Kushner was able to see information only at the lower "secret" level, but not highly classified information.

Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits.

The White House denied that the lack of a clearance would hamper Kushner's work, even though he was the White House point man on Middle East peace talks.

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 updated the SF-86 forms once more in June to include that meeting.

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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.

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