John Kelly and Jared Kushner in fateful showdown over security clearance

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So that will be up to General Kelly'.

Kelly overhauled the security clearance rules for the White House after the Rob Porter domestic abuse scandal.

Sanders declined to say whether President Trump would overturn any determination from Kelly that would deny Kushner, or anyone else, a permanent authorization. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", he said.

Instead of "stumbling around trying to find a solution" to the question of whether Kushner should be removed from the White House because he's still not been granted security clearance due to his more than 100 omitted foreign contacts on his application forms, the administration should instead "just get rid of him", Toobin mused. He also ordered access to highly classified information be limited for the remaining aides with interim clearances.

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In a memo to top law enforcement an intelligence officials a week ago, Kelly said that beginning on February 23, he would 'discontinue any Top Secret or SCI-level interim clearances for individuals whose investigations or adjudications have been pending since June 1, 2007 or earlier'.

"To do this particular job without a security clearance is extraordinarily hard; just by definition, you're coming into contact with classified information every single day, and much of the material the U.S. team generates is classified material", one former senior USA official told The Jerusalem Post.

But "the president has the authority to do whatever he chooses in terms of security - it is a presidential decision in the end", Dershowitz said.

The new information on Kushner that Rosenstein warned the White House about, though not publicly known, could put Kushner under further scrutiny by Robert Mueller's investigative team amid the Russian Federation investigation. According to several reports, White House officials were aware of both the allegations against Porter and the impact on his clearance.

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He complained that it had taken "months and months and months" for some of his staff members to be given their security clearances, despite the fact that some of them do not have complicated financial backgrounds - a factor that sometimes delays background investigations. Kelly expressed frustration with Kushner's access to classified material on an extended interim clearance, according to the official.

The information was discovered in the course of Kushner's background check, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

The fallout led chief of staff John Kelly to issue new guidance on the use of the interim clearances, including restricting access to confidential information. Much, but not all, of Kushner's work on the two issues singled out by Kelly are handled at those lower levels, the official said.

At his news conference Friday, Trump defended his son-in-law, who he noted does not draw a salary. Prosecutors said Flynn was acting in consultation with a senior Trump transition official, whom people familiar with the matter have identified as Kushner.

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