Kushner works with no security clearance

Kushner works with no security clearance

Kushner works with no security clearance

(L-R) Jared Kushner, White House Senior Adviser and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional members in the Cabinet Room of the White House February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Kushner is one of the many officials in the White House now working with interim security clearances, as the Federal Bureau of Investigation has had background check problems with Donald Trump's son-in-law and others.

The New York Times first reported the security clearance tension between Kelly and Kushner.

Almost a year into the Trump administration, some senior-level staffers - including daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Kushner - remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a USA government official.

The security clearance, due to be conducted at The White House, will not affect Kushner's work, revealed a source.

The new policy limits new interim clearances to a maximum of 270 days, and cuts off any Top Secret or Sensitive-Compartmented-Information (TS/SCI) level interim clearances for individuals whose investigations or adjudications have been pending since June 1, 2017, or before.

However, the person downplayed the extent to which his biggest portfolios - including attempting to broker a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians and working with China on trade issues - would require access to highly classified information.

"Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the President's agenda", Kelly said.

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Last week, left-wing watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed a complaint, calling on the White House to revoke Kushner's interim clearance.

The press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters, "I can tell you that no decision within the memo will impact anything that Jared Kushner is working on".

"The new policy announced by General Kelly will not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president", Lowell said last week.

Trump critics have questioned Kushner's access to the nation's most secured intelligence despite his lack of a permanent security clearance for months. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise".

"I" m not aware of any red flags", Sanders said. "He'll continue to do the important work that he's been focused on for the previous year".

Kushner has amended his submission multiple times, delaying his clearance process.

The policy change is also set to hit at least two dozen other White House officials, according to a senior administration official briefed on the change but not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

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