Trump's son-in-law gets back top secret security clearance

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner Presiden

Gaining a permanent security clearance potentially relieves tremendous weight on Kushner, whose contacts with foreign officials during Trump's transition to the White House were subject to major scrutiny and damning media reports.

Kushner was stripped of his interim clearance in February amid an overhaul of procedures governing access to the nation's most sensitive secrets following the resignation of Rob Porter, the President's staff secretary, who had been allowed to remain in his post for months despite allegations of spouse abuse.

In Kushner's case, the delay in the FBI investigation of his background combined with the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into his contacts with Russian officials raised speculation about whether he could be subject to blackmail, a situation that could put the confidential information he might know at risk. Lowell said that akin to other staff members of the White House who have reportedly attempted to answer all questions posed by the special prosecutor's team, Kushner did everything in his power to answer truthfully and expedite the "conclusion of the investigations".

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Lowell said the topics addressed in the interview "were the appropriate topics that Bob Mueller and his team are looking at". Like the president, Kushner was previously a wealthy real estate magnate and headed up his family's company.

Kushner was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before 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 told he would negative information about Hillary Clinton.

Asked what those topics were, Lowell said they included what happened in the presidential campaign that might suggest there was Russian Federation collusion; contacts with outside people, especially foreign individuals, during the transition period; and post-inauguration events in the White House relating to possible obstruction of justice, particularly the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.

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"With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process".

"It happened the way it happens for thousands of people", Lowell told CNN, noting, "There was nobody in the political process that had anything to do with it".

Under his provisional clearance, Kushner had access to some of the most secret information in the White House, and attended the president's daily intelligence briefing.

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The tweet has received over 57,000 likes, 25,000 retweets and more than 13,000 comments at the time of publishing this article. We asked a few of our colleagues and interestingly, just like the Twitterverse, half of them heard Laurel and the rest Yanny .

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