Jared Kushner given permanent security clearance

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, has been granted his permanent security clearance, a person briefed on the matter said Wednesday, ending a period of uncertainty that had fueled questions about whether Kushner was in peril in the special counsel investigation.

Kushner's FBI background checks had dragged on for a year. 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. But the delay became a distraction and, with the special counsel investigating some of Kushner's meetings with Russian officials, it left open the question of whether investigators had uncovered evidence that made him a security threat.

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

The security clearance process had not been delayed by the special counsel's investigation, said Kushner's lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell.

"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 said. "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do."

Lowell said that Kushner has cooperated fully with special counsel Robert Mueller. He said that Kushner has met with Mueller's investigators twice for many hours.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations," Lowell said.

Kushner was among several White House officials who spent the first year of the administration working on provisional clearances, meaning he was allowed to view classified information while his FBI background check was pending. Those clearances were stripped in February under a new White House policy.

An interim clearance has given him access to some of the nation's biggest secrets, including the presidential daily brief, the intelligence summary Trump receives every day.


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