Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status


White House senior adviser Jared Kushner recently obtained a full security clearance, Fox News has learned, more than a month after it was downgraded following new rules issued by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The president's son-in-law had his temporary clearance revoked in February as the White House changed its security procedures.

Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, told lawmakers at a House subcommittee oversight hearing held a year ago that he had "never seen that level of mistakes" on a security clearance application than what he had seen from Kushner's original SF-86.

Kushner's security clearance reinstatement comes after a second meeting he had with Mueller in April, in which he answered questions for seven hours. "Having completed all of these processes, he is looking to continue to do the work the President has asked him to do".

The interviews also touched on the investigation into Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, but the questions didn't delve into Kushner's personal financial dealings, Lowell said.

The second interview occurred in April and concerned potential influence by foreign governments, including Russian Federation, and the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, among other topics, Lowell said on CNN.

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"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's lawyer said he has been cooperative with all congressional probes and Mueller's office.

At the time, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Kushner's downgraded clearance may still allow him access to sensitive information, but details were never clarified.

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.

Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits.

That hurdle caused part of the delay in finalizing Kushner's clearance, the official said Wednesday.