Jared Kushner (Finally) Has Full White House Security Clearance

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner listens during the

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner this week finally gained full White House security clearance - despite the fact that he had "omitted" hundreds of contacts with foreign officials in his initial security clearance application forms.

Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law, was operating for more than a year with interim clearance amid concerns over his foreign contacts and financial entanglements.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Kushner's permanent clearance is the "top" level White House level clearance.

Abbe Lowell, who has represented Kushner in the Russian Federation investigation, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that questions asked of Kushner during the April interview were "the appropriate topics that Bob Mueller and his team were looking at".

Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, confirmed his client had now completed the security clearance process. "Having completed these processes, Mr. Kushner is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application. Current and former law enforcement officials said it would be very unusual for someone to get a full security clearance if there were an ongoing criminal investigation that had the potential to result in charges against that person.

Mueller is investigating the Trump campaign's ties with Russian election meddling. He had previously sat for an interview last November that was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

Lowell said that Kushner previous year became "one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics".

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office. "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations". Among other benefits he will have restored is access to the President's Daily Brief, a morning summary of global intelligence. That led to a White House policy overhaul in February that significantly downgraded access to sensitive information for Kushner and other Trump administration officials on interim clearances. He submitted another addendum in mid-May 2017 detailing more than 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries.

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