President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner had his White House security clearance restored Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told CNN.
Kushner was stripped of his interim clearance in February amid a change in procedures following the resignation of Rob Porter, the President’s staff secretary, who had been allowed to remain in his post for months despite allegations of spouse abuse.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation also affected Kushner’s status in the White House, as some aspects of his inquiry related to Kushner’s role during the presidential campaign through the presidency itself, including contacts with Russians and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Kushner met in April with Mueller’s investigators for a second time and answered questions for seven hours, according to his attorney, Abbe Lowell. Kushner previously sat for an interview last November, which was largely focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who soon after pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements to the FBI.
White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application, CNN reported. His initial security clearance application didn’t list dozens of foreign contacts that he later included in updated submissions to the FBI.