Jared Kushner now has permanent security clearance

  • Jared Kushner now has permanent security clearance

Jared Kushner now has permanent security clearance

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, spent almost seven hours with special counsel Robert Mueller's team earlier this year for a second interview, a source familiar with the meeting confirmed Wednesday to ABC News.

When he joined the White House staff in January 2017, Kushner gained access to sensitive information through a temporary security clearance while the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a background check to see if he qualified for a permanent clearance.

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 18, 2018.

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office. "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

In addition, Kushner was interviewed for a second time last month by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

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.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the change in February, saying Kushner remained a "valued member of the team" whose work woud be unaffected. "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".

Lowell said that Kushner a year ago became "one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics".

Lowell said that Kushner has cooperated fully with the special counsel, Robert Mueller.

Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer, said people who lose their interim security clearances are often able to get them restored after a fuller investigation of the issues that caused concern for security officers.

As the application process was pending, Kushner's "top secret/sensitive compartmented information" 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.

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

Initially, Kushner did not list his foreign contacts on the form, though he submitted an addendum indicating he was willing to detail them.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, attended a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.