President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a permanent security clearance, allowing him access to the nation's most closely held secrets, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.
Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, said in a statement: "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".
Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported.
"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", said Lowell, Kushner's lawyer.
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Lowell said Kushner answered all questions and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".
At the time, senior White House personnel such as press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders maintained that Kushner would still be able to perform his duties, which include tackling peace in the Middle East, with full capacity despite a lack of top-secret security clearance.
Kushner has been operating under a temporary security clearance for several months.
He is married to the president's oldest daughter Ivanka Trump.
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Kushner's clearance has been contested over the last few months after he was stripped of his credentials in February.
When Trump took office past year, Kushner was granted interim clearance which allowed him to handle classified information while his background check was ongoing. Back in March, 25 House Democrats called for the president's aide to either resign or get the ax after officials from Qatar claimed they could prove that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) influenced Kushner, which, in turn, resulted in President Donald Trump endorsing a Qatari blockade.
While Kushner's clearance approval took longer than is the norm, a person briefed on the matter told the Times that his "complicated financial history" was the reason for the holdup.
CBS News reported in November that Kushner had been interviewed by the special counsel's office. Then, in June, Kushner filed a third addendum acknowledging a meeting he had in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
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