Kushner Pushing Back On Kelly's Effort To Revoke Interim Clearance

Спецпрокурор США занялся иностранными связями зятя Трампа

Some officials are expected to leave their posts as a result, while others will continue working with reduced - or no - access to classified information.

Kushner moved into the White House with the administration in late January 2017.

"Mr. Kushner's work that he has done will not be impacted and he's going to continue to do the work that he's done over the a year ago", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during the daily briefing. "He continues and will continue to be a valued member of the team".

President Trump's spokeswoman also said she was unaware of any time he had "overruled" the White House's Office of Personnel Security, which makes final clearance recommendations to the West Wing.

"Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president's agenda", Kelly said of Kushner. But Kushner, by dint of his relationship with Trump, has wide-ranging access to the president and the information that he sees, and does not want to surrender it.

"I haven't spoken with the president about whether or not that would be necessary", Sanders said.

At one time his portfolio expanded to include the USA relationships with China and Japan and a host of domestic priorities, including infrastructure, trade and economic development.

Sanders also denied being aware of any "red flags" in Kushner's background check that might deny him a permanent clearance.

"In all of Mr Kushner's extensive cooperation with all inquiries, there has not been a single question asked nor document sought on the 666 building or Kushner Co deals", Mr Kushner's attorney Abbe Lowell told CNN.

Kelly wrote on Friday 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.

Kelly said that he assured Kushner that the policy was not an attempt to push him out of the president's inner circle.

Kushner's clearance has been delayed, in part, to incomplete information on his application and financial forms.

The report stated that "Mr. Kushner is one of dozens of White House officials operating under interim security clearances because of issues raised by the F.B.I. during their background checks", and that Kelly was working to limit the access that officials with that kind of clearance have to sensitive intelligence. The official said many staffers holding interim top secret or SCI clearances would lose them - but most don't need them for their day-to-day jobs.


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