Jared Kushner granted permanent security clearance, AP source says

Kushner's clearance was stripped in February after concern about his role in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling

Zaid, a veteran Washington lawyer who handles security clearances, said it was highly unlikely that the special counsel would uncover evidence of improper foreign entanglements and not flag it for security officials.

The attorney, Abbe Lowell, made the revelation to The New York Times, which also reported that Kushner had been granted a permanent security clearance after more than a year of vetting by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kushner has had two interview sessions with the special counsel's team.

"After spending a total of nine hours, from November and then in April, I can't imagine there is another question that they could possibly ask that would be relevant", Lowell said. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, he said.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations", Lowell told the Times. But now it appears that the investigators haven't found anything which would have deemed Kushner a security threat.

The person familiar with the matter confirmed that Kushner was granted a top-secret clearance.

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

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White House chief of staff John Kelly had ordered the February changes to the clearance process after another aide - Rob Porter - was the subject of allegations he abused both of his ex-wives.

Some had expected Kushner might not receive a permanent clearance for the duration of Mueller's investigation. The classified materials included Trump's daily intelligence briefing.

Initially, Kushner did not list his foreign contacts on the form, though he submitted an addendum indicating he was willing to detail them.

Kushner later updated the questionnaire multiple times to account for all relevant meetings, including "over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries", Gorelick told ABC News.

Kushner attended a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian at Trump Tower during the campaign in an attempt to get disparaging information on Hillary Clinton, and he attempted to set up a "back channel" to the Kremlin during the presidential transition. "Throughout the process, Mr. Kushner has continued to work on a number of foreign policy and domestic issues with no interruption".

But experts also pointed to more innocuous explanations, including that Kushner's extensive travel and overseas contacts, as well as his business interests, are more complex than many incoming government officials and might have taken more time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explore.

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