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Kushner receives permanent security clearance

24 May 2018

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.

Investigators also asked Kushner about his role in Comey's dismissal, Lowell said, which is a central part of the obstruction inquiry. He had previously sat for an interview last November that was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear. His initial security clearance application didn't list dozens of foreign contacts that he later included in updated submissions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, he said.

Unlike many other staff members, Kushner's permanent security clearance was held up for a year, leading to suggestions that Kushner could be in trouble because of never completely disclosing all his financial dealings with foreign businesses.

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Last February, Kushner lost the temporary top secret clearance he had enjoyed since Trump came into power in January 2017, and his access to sensitive intelligence information was curtailed, although he did retain a lower clearance level, that of "secret".

"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", Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell said in a Wednesday statement. "Having completed all of these processes, he is looking to continue to do the work the President has asked him to do". The classified materials included Trump's daily intelligence briefing.

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.

Giuliani also urged the swift wrapping of the probe in the backdrop of former FBI Director James Comey revelation in the last days of the 2016 presidential race that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, according to several media reports. But those were not the only issues delaying Kushner's clearance. Carol Leonnig is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000.

Kushner receives permanent security clearance