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

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner Presiden Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law
Preston Stone | 24 May, 2018, 03:29

Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, had his security clearance restored after nearly three months in limbo.

That was not the case, the person said, adding that Mr. Kushner's clearances were approved by career officials after the completion of the F.B.I. background check and that the president was not involved in the process.

His temporary clearance was suspended by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in February along with other officials operating under temporary clearances as part of measures to tighten procedures after White House staff secretary Rob Porter was sacked when his two ex-wives raised charges of domestic abuse.

"There was nobody in the political process that had anything to do with it", Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell told Wolf Blitzer in response to a question about the process of having the clearance restored.

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 is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities.

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Just days before that breach, four other Palestinians crossed from Gaza into Israel where they set fire to military equipment. This upgraded status has allowed the Palestinians to join dozens of global institutions, including the ICC.

Kushner's background check took more than a year.

The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner.

Zaid said he presumed Kushner received a permanent top-secret clearance with access to secure compartmented information (SCI) - the clearance usually needed to review the highly classified intelligence presented each day in the president's daily brief.

The White House had blamed the delay on administrative backlogs that normally plague new administrations. "On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

The second interview occurred in April and concerned potential influence by foreign governments, including Russian Federation, and the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, among other topics, Lowell said on CNN. At one point, the White House had dozens of employees awaiting permanent clearances before Chief of Staff John F. Kelly ordered an overhaul of the process.

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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