Jared Kushner granted security clearance

Jared Kushner finally gets permanent security clearance

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Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, met not once but twice with the special counsel's office investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, Kushner's lawyer stated Wednesday.

Abbe Lowell, who has represented Kushner in the Russian Federation investigation, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that questions asked of Kushner during the April interview were "the appropriate topics that Bob Mueller and his team were looking at".

Mr Kushner, who serves as Mr Trump's adviser on the Middle East, had his access downgraded in February pending the completion of background checks.

Staff secretary Rob Porter later resigned.

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office.

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Kushner has been operating under a temporary security clearance for several months.

"His application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials and went through the normal process", attorney Abbe Lowell said in a statement.

The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations", Lowell told the Times. He had previously sat for an interview last November that was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

He is married to the president's oldest daughter Ivanka Trump. 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.

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According to a source familiar with the situation, Kushner's permanent clearance is the "top" level White House level clearance.

Lowell said the terms "witness or a subject or target of the investigation" were in fact "words that you guys in the media report and they make no sense to people who are practicing lawyers".

He said Kushner's clearance was decided by career officials in the intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear. Even without a permanent clearance, the president's son-in-law had been allowed to see materials, including the president's daily brief, that are among the most sensitive in government.

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