Jared Kushner Isn’t Cleared To See Most Sensitive Government Information

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Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, initially had an interim security clearance and was granted a permanent clearance in May that only gave him "top secret" status, according to The Washington Post.

Limits on Kushner's access to the intelligence could be an impediment to his ability to manage his portfolio for the president, including developing a Middle East peace plan and meeting with foreign officials.

Kushner operated with a temporary security clearance for more than a year as his background investigation was completed.

He is still unable to access information limited to a higher level of clearance, known as "sensitive compartmented information", or SCI, which includes some of the information contained in the president's daily intelligence briefing about ongoing operations.

Asked about the Post story, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told Reuters the White House did not comment on security clearances.

"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, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement.

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"After a review done in the normal course by career officials, Mr. Kushner was given his permanent White House clearances in May, and has access to all the materials and information he needs to do the domestic and global work the president has asked him to do", Kushner's attorney Abbe Lowell told the newspaper.

The Post reported it is not clear why there are constraints on Kushner's access, including if they are related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which has examined Kushner's dealings with foreign officials.

Still, questions were raised over Kushner's involvement in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's probe and if the investigation was holding up his background checks. Kushner was boosted up to his current designation in May.

McAdoo Gordon noted that clearance investigators normally check an internal Justice Department database to see if an applicant is the subject or target of a federal investigation.

"The White House may have said, 'Look, there's no derogatory information here, ' " and if there were no other complications, they might have chose to grant him a clearance, McAdoo Gordon said.

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, still does not have the top-level security clearance that some see as vital to handling the broad global portfolio handed to him by the American president, including spearheading the administration's efforts on Israeli-Palestinian peace. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, Lowell said.

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