Jared Kushner gets security clearance, ending swirl of questions over delay

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators questioned White House senior adviser Jared Kushner about potential Russian collusion, his contacts with foreign nationals and potential obstruction issues, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Kushner's lawyer said Wednesday.

The New York Times was first to report Kushner's permanent clearance. "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner had been relegated to pushing Middle East diplomacy without a "Top Secret/SCI" clearance since the end of February.

He was the most high-profile of several top White House staffers caught in the aftermath of a scandal involving Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary accused by former wives of domestic violence. "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".

The issuing of Kushner's clearance, following the second interview, suggests he may no longer be a subject of Mueller's investigation, said Mark Zaid, a lawyer who has spent years arguing security clearance cases. The interview did not deal with Kushner's finances or his companies, Lowell said.

"He has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interview with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the Office of Special Counsel", Lowell said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear whether Kushner had access to some classified material in the months since his clearance was downgraded.

That hurdle caused part of the delay in finalizing Kushner's clearance, the official said Wednesday.

Kushner - the point of contact for foreign officials during the campaign and transition - was also alluded to, though not by name, in Flynn's guilty plea as a transition team official who encouraged Flynn to contact foreign government officials, about a U.N. Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements.

Kushner later updated the questionnaire multiple times to account for all relevant meetings, including "over 100 calls or meetings with representatives of more than 20 countries", Gorelick told ABC News.

When Kushner first filed his SF-86 form shortly after President Donald Trump's election in 2016, it listed precisely zero contacts with foreign officials.

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