Attorney Jared Kushner, spokesman for the White House's senior advisor, told Fox News that President Trump's son-in-law had received a very secret security clearance under "the usual no-pressure process of anyone" after that the New York Times announced that Trump "ordered John Kelly, Chief of Staff of the White House, to grant this permission against the opinion of the House's attorney -Blanche, Don McGhan.
Fox News reported in May 2018 that Kushner had obtained a full security clearance. He was working at the White House with a temporary security clearance for a good part of the year, until the end of February 2018. That month, Kushner's provisional authorization was has been downgraded from "provisional secret" to "provisional secret" after Kelly 23 2018, deadline to stop access to top secret information for people whose claims are pending since June 1, 2017 or before.
The Times report, quoting "four knowledgeable people," said Trump had asked Kelly to grant Kushner a very secret clearance the day after the White House council's office had recommended him not to. not give one. The report claimed that Kelly had been so upset by Trump's command that he had written a memo stating that he had been "ordered" to give permission to Kushner.
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"In 2018, the White House and security verification officials claimed that Mr. Kushner's security check was being handled in the usual process without any pressure from anyone," said Peter Mirijanian, spokesman for the Kushner's lawyer, Father Lowell, in a statement. "This was communicated to the media at the time, and the new stories, if true, do not change what was said at the time."
When asked to comment, Sarah Sanders, press secretary at the White House, told Fox News: "We do not comment on security clearances."
In an interview in January, Trump had told the "Times" that he had "never been involved" in granting permission to Kushner, which his Ivanka's daughter – married to Kushner – echoed earlier this month.
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"The president has had no involvement regarding my permission or that of my husband," said Ivanka Trump on "The View" on ABC Feb. 8.
The Times report is likely to spark the interest of the Democrats-led House Watch and Reform Committee, which is investigating the White House's handling of security clearances and Trump's presidential transition.
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Kushner, who has been the White House spokesman on a number of issues during the first two years of Trump's administration – including a peace plan for the Middle East, US relations- United with China and Japan, criminal justice reform, infrastructure, trade and economic development – has been forced to repeatedly correct omissions in its "SF-86", the government form used to request authorizations, as well as its financial disclosure forms, which, according to experts, could delay or even eliminate its chances of obtaining authorization through the normal process.
Kushner was also examined in the ongoing investigation of the special advocate Robert Mueller on the interference of Russia in the 2016 election. He was one of the participants in a very detailed meeting in June 2016 at the Trump Tower in Manhattan, which included the eldest son of candidate Trump, Don Jr., the campaign director of the time, Paul Manafort, and the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya . that Veselnitskaya detrimental information on the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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John Roberts, Jennifer Bowman, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and Fox News Associated Press contributed to this report.