Jared Kushner's White House security clearance hits new snag

Jared Kushner's White House security clearance hits new snag

Jared Kushner's White House security clearance hits new snag

Jared Kushner, son-in-law of President Donald Trump and one of his advisers, is reluctant to give up his access to highly classified information, which has led to an internal struggle with John Kelly, the White House chief of staff.

The Washington Post, quoting three unidentified sources, reported Saturday that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein informed White House counsel Donald McGahn on February 9 about the new developments in the case.

Trump said the USA effort to make a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians is "actually making great headway".

Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked the inspector general for the intelligence community to investigate the Trump administration's security clearance procedures. Two people said the deputy attorney general told McGahn the Justice Department had obtained important new information, suggesting it could be an obstacle to his clearance process.

Trump could simply grant a waiver for Kushner to receive a high-level security clearance despite the unresolved background investigation. 'And I have no doubt he'll make the right decision'.

The memo - which Kelly addressed to only three top aides - came as a surprise to most White House officials, who learned of Kelly's plans through media reports, two White House officials told CNN.

"We are concerned over the apparent low and inconsistent threshold the Trump White House uses for obtaining an interim security clearance", the senators wrote in the letter. It also provided another layer of intrigue to the acrimonious relationship between Kushner and Kelly, who have been at odds over access to the President and the classified materials he views.


Security-clearance experts said it is rare to have such a high level of interim clearance for such a long period of time.

Rob Porter, one such person on an interim clearance, was forced out of his job as White House staff secretary once allegations of domestic abuse against his ex-wives surfaced in public. Two ex-wives had warned Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting a background check that Porter could be susceptible to blackmail.

"It's a broken system", Trump said.

The day before Rosenstein's call to McGahn, The Washington Post reported that Kushner was among dozens of White House personnel who were relying on interim clearances while their FBI background investigations were pending.

"Gen. Kelly respects Jared a lot", Trump said.

Earlier this week, the White House maintained that Kushner's work will be unaffected by the change. Likewise, Kushner's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, declined to comment. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that the new policy won't "affect the valuable work Jared is doing".

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