Jared Kushner finally gets permanent security clearance

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner President Donald Trump's son-in-law has been granted permanent security clearance. That's according to a person

Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators questioned White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about potential Russian collusion, his contacts with foreign nationals and potential obstruction issues, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Kushner's lawyer said Wednesday.

According to The New York Times, Kushner was issued permanent security clearance by career staffers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after the investigative agency completed its background check against the president's son-in-law.

Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported. The delay in Kushner's case was caused by a backlog in the new administration and Kushner's extensive financial wealth, which required lengthy review, Lowell said.

Kushner's security clearance was reported earlier by the New York Times.

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Kushner had been operating with an interim clearance up until now.

Mr Kushner, who serves as Mr Trump's adviser on the Middle East, had his access downgraded in February pending the completion of background checks. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, Lowell said. Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian real estate firm, said this month that it had reached an agreement to invest in the property. He said career staff at the White House and in an intelligence agency, typically the CIA, generally make the decisions about restoring a clearance. He could lose his clearance tomorrow if he is indicted. That means Kushner once again has access to the nation's most sensitive information.

"For that job, he would normally need top secret and SCI", Zaid said.

Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear.

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He omitted those relationships - dozens of them - when he filed his initial application for a security clearance, and was forced to amend it later.

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.

Among his undisclosed contacts was his presence at a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and a Kremlin-connected lawyer who supposedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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