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Senior Trump adviser Kushner finally receives security clearance

By Philip Rucker | Washington Post
WASHINGTON – Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance, and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on a wide range of topics including Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.
The FBI’s background check into Kushner’s financial history and foreign contacts took more than a year, becoming a source of uncertainty for the West Wing aide. But the person familiar with the process, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Kushner’s permanent clearance was granted after career officials completed the FBI background check process.

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Abbe Lowell, a personal attorney for Kushner, said in a statement: “With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process. Having completed all of these processes, he’s looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do.”
The New York Times was first to report Kushner’s permanent clearance.
Lowell added that Kushner has been voluntarily cooperating with Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Kushner has had two interview sessions with the special counsel’s team. The first set of questions centered largely around former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Then, in mid-April, Kushner sat for six to seven hours of questions that covered many topics, including his work on the Trump campaign, the transition and in the White House, according to the person familiar with the matter. This person said Kushner was asked in the April session about Trump’s decision in May 2017 to fire Comey.
The special counsel’s questioning focused only on Kushner’s work with Trump and did not include such topics as Kushner’s personal finances or those of his family business, Kushner Companies, according to the person familiar with the matter.
Lowell said that Kushner last year became “one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics.”
“Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interviews with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the office of special counsel,” Lowell said. “In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations.”
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