Kushner Tries to Keep Access Despite Interim Security Clearance

Kushner Tries to Keep Access Despite Interim Security Clearance

Kushner Tries to Keep Access Despite Interim Security Clearance

Kushner is one of dozens of White House officials operating under interim security clearances because of issues raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during their background checks, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the clearances.

Kelly has set a Friday deadline to clean up the security clearance mess that has embroiled the White House.

"Mr. Kushner's work that he has done will not be impacted and he's going to continue to do the work that he's done over the past year", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during the daily briefing.

"Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president's agenda", Kelly said of Kushner.

Kushner, frustrated about the security clearance issue and concerned that Kelly has targeted him personally with the directive, has told colleagues at the White House that he is reluctant to give up his high-level access, the officials said. In a memo issued on Friday, Kelly said he would revoke top clearances for anyone whose background check had been pending since June 1 or earlier, and review such clearances every month thereafter.

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Kushner will still be able to access less sensitive material.

Kelly also wrote that he had already ended the practice of granting interim clearances, back in September, with the exception of 'extraordinary circumstances'.

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Officials maintain that nothing will change for Kushner, who has handled a wide-range of topics - from domestic infrastructure investment to the Middle East peace process.

"The new policy announced by General Kelly will not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the President", Lowell added.

At least 100 foreign contacts were omitted the first time he filed the standard form required of all applicants.

The White House security clearance process has been under scrutiny after former White House staff secretary Rob Porter was forced to resign when allegations of abuse from his previous spouses surfaced.

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