Mueller's investigators questioned Kushner about potential Russian collusion, obstruction

24 May, 2018, 03:43 | Author: Colin Gill
  • Jared Kushner: Security clearance restored for Trump's son-in-law

But the process still raised questions about whether the FBI had held off on issuing the permanent clearance because of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

The president's son-in-law had his temporary clearance revoked in February as the White House changed its security procedures.

"With respect to the news about his permanent security clearance, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process", Lowell continued.

Kushner met with Mueller a second time in April and answered questions for seven hours, according to CNN.

He said his client was "looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do". The first interview, which happened in late 2017, largely dealt with Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn., according to the source. Kushner's lawyer said he has been cooperative with all congressional probes and Mueller's office. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, Lowell said.

CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office.

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That cast serious doubt on his status as a powerbroker inside the White House and his ability to negotiate Middle East peace. He could lose his clearance tomorrow if he is indicted.

Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported.

"I will let General Kelly make that decision", Trump told reporters. That means Kushner once again has access to the nation's most sensitive information. Others to speak with the special counsel included former chief strategist Steve Bannon, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and former White House communications director Hope Hicks.

Among his undisclosed contacts was his presence at a Trump Tower meeting in 2016 between Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and a Kremlin-connected lawyer who supposedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Some had expected Kushner might not receive a permanent clearance for the duration of Mueller's investigation.

Kushner's initial SF-86 form did not mention any foreign contacts, though he quickly supplemented it to indicate that he would provide that information.

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