'Jarred Kushner gets permanent security clearance report'

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His clearance was suspended in February, however, as the White House faced blowback over the Rob Porter scandal.

Kushner is set to regain top security clearance, and has been interviewed by Mueller about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has finally been granted permanent security clearance, according to The New York Times.

That's according to a person with knowledge of the decision but wasn't authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

The New York Times, which first broke the news of Kushner getting his security clearance, notes that the process took almost a year and a half, which Trump administration officials claim was due to Kushner's complex foreign business dealings.

Kushner is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities. Kushner's family business, for example, is finalizing a deal to finance its most troubled Manhattan property, 666 Fifth Ave., which faces a deadline early next year for repayment of a $1.2 billion debt.

Susan Walsh  AP
Susan Walsh AP

"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", Lowell continued.

Kushner's attorney would not rule out that Mueller might ask Kushner for a third interview, though Lowell said it was unlikely.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation", Lowell said. Brookfield Asset Management, a Canadian real estate firm, said this month that it had reached an agreement to invest in the property. That meant Kushner was able to see information only at the lower "secret" level, but not highly classified information.

Kushner's initial SF-86 form did not mention any foreign contacts, though he quickly supplemented it to indicate that he would provide that information.

Kushner was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before Comey was sacked, and he was among the attendees at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer at which the president's oldest son was told he would negative information about Hillary Clinton. Kushner updated the SF-86 forms once more in June to include that meeting.

Some experts said that the evolving disclosures might have been disqualifying for another person and that it could explain the delay in granting Kushner a clearance.

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