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Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance Back

Jared Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance Back

White House chief of staff John Kelly had ordered the February changes to the clearance process after another aide - Rob Porter - was the subject of allegations he abused both of his ex-wives.

Another attorney for Kushner, Jamie Gorelick, said that Kushner's security clearance form, known as an SF-86, was "prematurely submitted" and that "among other errors, [it] did not list any contacts with foreign government officials".

Kushner had reportedly been working in the White House, on subjects as sensitive as a Middle East peace process, and viewing classified materials on a temporary security clearance as he awaited approval on his background check.

It was not immediately clear when the second interview took place or what was asked, though Kushner played a role in several episodes being examined by Mueller. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.

Kushner obtained his permanent security clearance credentials after a yearlong process of background checks, the New York Times reported, citing a person briefed on the matter.

Gaining a permanent security clearance potentially relieves tremendous weight on Kushner, whose contacts with foreign officials during Trump's transition to the White House were subject to major scrutiny and damning media reports. "Having completed these processes, Mr. Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner will now have access to "top secret" intelligence, including Trump's daily briefing from the CIA.

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.

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

He was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before former FBI Director James 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 promised negative information about Hillary Clinton.

But experts also pointed to more innocuous explanations, including that Kushner's extensive travel and overseas contacts, as well as his business interests, are more complex than many incoming government officials and might have taken more time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explore. Carol Leonnig is an investigative reporter at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2000.