White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMeghan McCain: Melania is "my favorite Trump, by far" Dem lawmaker to Trump: "How dare you lecture us about treason" Husband of former Trump family personal aide joins EPA: report MORE is resisting giving up his high-level access within the administration as chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE moves to address questions concerning the security clearance process, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
Kushner is the elephant in the room when it comes to security clearance, The Washington Post reports, with White House Counsel Don McGahn's office feeling "they can not take action on other people whose background checks have dragged on because they did not take similar steps with Kushner".
Kushner's close relationship to the president has given him access to highly classified information despite his own interim clearance, and he is able to read Trump's daily presidential brief.
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(L-R) Jared Kushner, White House Senior Adviser and son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and congressional members in the Cabinet Room of the White House February 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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That new policy would presumably affect Kushner, who now holds an interim TS/SCI security clearance that has been pending since he joined the White House more than a year ago. Sanders did not rule out President Donald Trump using his executive authority to grant Kushner a permanent security clearance, which would circumvent the traditional process run by the White House office of personnel security. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", Kelly said.
Kelly also coached White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on how to answer when asked about Kushner's clearance issues.
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Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said he's been told there are at least a dozen other senior White House officials also working on interim clearances, and that no specific concerns had been raised about Kushner's application. "In terms of specifics on security clearance, I can't get into that". "He'll continue to do the important work that he's been focused on for the previous year".