Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has a permanent security clearance after almost three months operating on a temporary and downgraded status, a White House official confirmed Wednesday, saying that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found nothing in Kushner's past that would tend to recommend against it.
Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, has been granted permanent security clearance.
Kushner had been relegated to pushing Middle East diplomacy without a "Top Secret/SCI" clearance since the end of February.
The FBI has now finished their file on Kushner and delivered it to the White House personnel security office.
Lowell in his statement said Kushner had cooperated with all investigations into the Trump campaign and administration.
Lowell said Kushner answered all questions and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".
But the process still raised questions about whether the FBI had held off on issuing the permanent clearance because of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
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The second, which occurred in April of this year, focused on the campaign, the transition and other topics, including the circumstances of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the source said, adding that there were no questions about Kushner's financial dealings or his family business.
"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". Current and former law enforcement officials said it would be very unusual for someone to get a full security clearance if there were an ongoing criminal investigation that had the potential to result in charges against that person. He could lose his clearance tomorrow if he is indicted.
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. Those clearances were stripped in February under a new White House policy.
Part of that investigation is examining meetings Kushner attended in 2016 with Russian representatives and officials.
Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear.
Kushner had to resubmit his security clearance form a year ago because of foreign contacts that had been omitted.