Jared Kushner granted security clearance

Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

A month after his security status was downgraded, it was revealed that the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Robert Mueller, had taken an interest in Kushner's business affairs, including his attempts to gain refinancing of his family's flagship property at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from foreign entities.

The first interview occurred last fall and the questions were limited to former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, who subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and began cooperating with Mueller.

Mueller is investigating the Trump campaign's ties with Russian election meddling.

"Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interviews with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the office of special counsel", Lowell said.

Kushner, who is also the president's son-in-law, had previously been working off of an interim security clearance until late February, when Kelly set a deadline for halting access to top-secret information for anyone whose applications had been pending since June 1 or earlier.

The development ends the range of rumors surrounding whether or not special counsel Robert Mueller has implicating material on Kushner.

Kushner was one of many White House officials who had been operating for months on interim clearances.

Word of the second interview by Mueller's team came the same afternoon that it was learned Kushner has been granted a permanent security clearance.

The FBI's background check into Kushner's financial history and foreign contacts took more than a year, and his clearance level was downgraded in February, becoming a source of uncertainty for the West Wing aide and blocking him from approved access to some of the nation's most sensitive secrets.

"His application (for security clearance renewal) was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process", Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement. But those were not the only issues delaying Kushner's clearance. "Having completed all of these processes, he is looking to continue to do the work the President has asked him to do".

Giuliani also urged the swift wrapping of the probe in the backdrop of former FBI Director James Comey revelation in the last days of the 2016 presidential race that he was reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, according to several media reports.

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