Jared Kushner granted security clearance

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Jared Kushner, top aide and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, was recently interviewed for seven hours by special counsel Robert Mueller's team back in April, according to his lawyer Abbe Lowell, as part of the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. It was held up in part because he neglected to fully account for his contacts with foreign nationals.

"With respect with the news of his clearance being restored, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and went through the normal process", Lowell said.

"Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner's permission to view top secret information was revoked in February after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly declared a moratorium on temporary security clearances. The White House faced scrutiny for its handling of security clearances earlier this year after it was revealed that former staffer Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, had worked for more than a year with only an interim clearance. Porter's security clearance was held up for nearly a year while he worked on an interim clearance- though he continued to have access to nearly every classified and unclassified document coming in and out of the Oval Office.

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. As he signed the bill, Trump suggested that he could constitutionally refuse to enforce it.

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The White House said in February that Kushner's loss of top secret clearance would not affect his diplomatic activities, and apparently it has not done so.

The FBI completed its thorough investigation of Kushner's financial activities and foreign contacts, a task taking more than a year and which had to be finalized before the husband of Trump's oldest child Ivanka could re-obtain permission to access the most closely guarded USA secrets, Efe reported.

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.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is investigating whether anyone around Mr. Trump conspired with the Russian government to help influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", Lowell said in a statement. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation". 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.

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