Mueller probe stymies Kushner security clearance

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Rosenstein allegedly spoke with White House counsel Don McGahn on February 9, telling him that additional information was required from Kushner that would cause further delays for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE's son-in-law, who has been using a temporary security clearance since joining the White House.

The level of Kushner's access to classified information will instead be decided by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Trump told reporters during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Trump said that Kelly "respects Jared a lot" and praised his son-in-law for helping the country. "I will let the general make that call".

Porter was likewise operating under an interim security clearance, and the ordeal exposed serious flaws and shortcomings in the White House's handling of those allegations and security clearance process.

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White House officials had not ruled out the idea of Trump potentially using his executive authority to grant Kushner a permanent security clearance, which would circumvent the traditional process. "He is a high-quality person".

In his first public comments on the matter, Mr Trump said: "Jared is truly outstanding". He was very successful when he was in the private sector. He noted that Mr. Kushner had been working to broker peace in the Middle East. During that time, Kushner has been able to access the government's most sensitive secrets thanks to an interim security clearance. "It shouldn't take this long".

A White House official said staff members affected by the memo were being notified individually Friday.

"Nothing that has taken place will affect the valuable work that Jared is doing", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday. Most prominent among them is Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, who has had access to some of the nation's most sensitive material for the past year while waiting for his background investigation to be completed.

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Kelly, in a statement, said the White House looks forward to Kushner maintaining his role working on the Middle East peace process and U.S. -Mexico relations.

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'. Issuing exemptions to Kushner "would create a political problem-the White House would have to explain why the president granted an exception to his family. There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", Kelly said.

Kushner's application for a top-level security clearance has been held up for over a year in part because it can not be completed while the special counsel's team continues to probe Kushner's contacts with Russians and his financial dealings with foreigners, the sources said.

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