He subsequently made several changes to this section of his application, called SF86. His associates at the time insisted that he had inadvertently omitted these meetings.
Mr. Kushner initially operated with a provisional authorization as his background was checked.
In an entry in Mr. Kushner's personal file on September 15, 2017, Carl Kline, Head of the Personnel Security Division, wrote: "By conversation with WH Counsel, the authorization was replaced by the very Secret secret until we can confirm that the GM or someone else has actually granted a final authorization. This action is extremely conservative as the background investigation has not been completed. "
In a statement to The Times, when Mr. Kushner had received the authorization last year, Mr. Lowell had stated that "his application was properly submitted, reviewed by many career managers and subjected to the usual procedure".
During a security clearance review conducted in February 2018 as a result of the controversy surrounding Rob Porter, then secretary of the White House staff, accused of domestic violence, Mr. Kushner's permission was downgraded from ultra secret secret to restricted access. classified information. At the time, Kelly had drafted a five-page memo rescinding the temporary authorizations in effect since June 1, 2017.
This affected both Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump, who told friends and advisers that they thought Mr. Kelly and Mr. McGahn were targeting them for petty reasons rather than for concerns. legitimately expressed by those responsible.
Both Kushner and Trump have complained to the president about the situation, officials from the current and former administration said. In the case of Mr. Kushner, Mr. Trump often spoke to other aides and said with frustration, "Why is this not happening?", According to a former administration official. On at least one occasion, the president asked another senior official if he could solve the problem. This manager said no, according to this account.
Kelly did not think it was appropriate to cancel the security clearance process and dismissed or avoided responding to Mr. Kushner's requests, said a former administration official. Mr. Kelly did not respond to a request for comment.