Jared Kushner granted security clearance

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators on Wednesday questioned White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about a potential collusion with Russian Federation, his contacts with foreign nationals and potential obstruction issues, which also include the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey.

In his statement, Mr Lowell added that Mr Trump's son-in-law had also sat for a second time with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the United States leader's campaign links with Russian Federation over alleged election meddling.

Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell told the New York Times that his client has cooperated with the special counsel and insisted that the security clearance issuance delay was not connected with Mueller's investigation.

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"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", Lowell told The Times. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law. "On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".

Mueller's investigators are examining Kushner's business dealings during the presidential transition, and CNN has reported that other witnesses were asked about these matters in interviews earlier this year.

Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits.

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As the application process was pending, Kushner's access was downgraded in February when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered that officials with interim clearances be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances.

"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", Lowell said in a statement.

Last February, Kushner lost the temporary top secret clearance he had enjoyed since Trump came into power in January 2017, and his access to sensitive intelligence information was curtailed, although he did retain a lower clearance level, that of "secret".

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The White House denied that the lack of a clearance would hamper Kushner's work, even though he was the White House point man on Middle East peace talks.

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