Jared Kushner gets permanent security clearance

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Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, has had his security clearance restored, allowing him access to classified information after losing the privilege in the fallout over a fired White House aide, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Kushner was among more than 30 White House officials whose security clearances were downgraded in February amid criticism about vetting procedures that left staffers working for months with interim clearances.

Kushner's permanent clearance was granted after career officials completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check process, according to the person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Mr Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement that "Mr Kushner's application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process".

Kushner has had two interview sessions with the special counsel's team. The Washington Post reports the counsel questioned him on a variety of topics, including the president's decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey. Like the president, Kushner was previously a wealthy real estate magnate and headed up his family's company.

Kushner is also believed to be the "very senior" member of the Trump transition team who directed Michael Flynn to lobby Russian Federation against a United Nations Security Council resolution concerning Israel in late 2016.

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".

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That cast serious doubt on his status as a powerbroker inside the White House and his ability to negotiate Middle East peace.

His financial situation has since improved markedly.

It was reported in May that Kushner has faced additional scrutiny from Mueller over his business dealings with foreign countries. He could lose his clearance tomorrow if he is indicted.

"For that job, he would normally need top secret and SCI", Zaid said. Kushner updated the SF-86 forms once more in June to include that meeting.

He omitted those relationships - dozens of them - when he filed his initial application for a security clearance, and was forced to amend it later.

Parts of the probe are related to Kushner's role during the campaign and transition, including contacts with Russians and his role in the early months of Trump's presidency.

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