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    Trump ordered top-secret security clearance for Jared Kushner despite concerns of John Kelly, intel officials


    February 28, 2019

    Josh Dawsey, Seung Min Kim, and Shane Harris



    President Donald Trump early last year directed his then-chief of staff, John Kelly, to give presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance - a move that made Kelly so uncomfortable that he documented the request in writing, according to current and former administration officials.

    After Kushner, a senior White House adviser, and his wife, Ivanka Trump, pressured the president to grant Kushner the long-delayed clearance, Trump instructed Kelly to fix the problem, according to a person familiar with Kelly's account, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.


    Kelly told colleagues that the decision to give Kushner top-secret clearance was not supported by career intelligence officials, and he memorialized Trump's request in an internal memo, according to two people familiar with the memo and the then-chief of staff's concerns.


    It is unclear how Kelly responded to Trump's directive. But by May, Kushner had been granted a permanent security clearance to view top-secret material - a move that followed months of concern inside the White House about his inability to secure such access.


    Kushner's lawyer publicly described the process as one that had gone through normal channels, a description that Kelly did not view as accurate, according to a person familiar with his reaction.

    The former chief of staff, who left the administration at the beginning of this year, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    Trump's push to get Kushner clearance - and the chief of staff's concerns about it - was first reported by the New York Times, which also reported that then-White House Counsel Donald McGahn had concerns about Kushner's clearance.


    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to weigh in Thursday evening, saying: "We don't comment on security clearances."


    Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that "in 2018, White House and security clearance officials affirmed that Mr. Kushner's security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone."
    "That was conveyed to the media at the time, and new stories, if accurate, do not change what was affirmed at the time," he added.


    An attorney for McGahn declined to comment.
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement late Thursday that his panel, as well as the House Oversight Committee, will continue in their investigation of the White House's security clearance process.

    "The revelation that President Trump personally intervened to overrule White House security officials and the Intelligence Community to grant a Top Secret security clearance to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the latest indicator of the President's utter disregard for our national security and for the men and women who sacrifice so much every day to keep us safe," Schiff said. "There is no nepotism exception for background investigations."


    Both Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, have publicly denied the president was involved in securing a clearance for Kushner. The president told the New York Times in a Jan. 31 interview that he did not direct Kelly or similar officials to grant a clearance for his son-in-law, and Ivanka Trump similarly told ABC News earlier this month that her father was not involved in the process.


    In the first year of the administration, Kushner held an interim security clearance that allowed him to view both top-secret and sensitive compartmented information, which is classified intelligence related to sensitive sources. With that designation, he has been able to attend classified briefings, get access to the president's daily intelligence report and issue requests for information to the intelligence community.


    But there was widespread concern in the White House about his lack of a permanent clearance.
    In February 2018, Kelly limited the access of employees with interim security clearances to top-secret information in the wake of abuse allegations against a top aide. That new policy caused Kushner's clearance to be downgraded from "Top Secret/SCI" level to the "Secret" level, a far lower level of access to classified information.


    At the time, Trump said he would defer the question of Kushner's access to his chief of staff.

    "I will let General Kelly make that decision, and he's going to do what's right for the country," the president said during a news conference. "And I have no doubt that he will make the right decision."

    The top-secret clearance that Kushner was granted last year gave him access to relatively basic classified information. Lowell said at the time that Kushner's "application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process."


    Kushner did not receive a clearance to see the most highly classified intelligence the government produces, known as sensitive, compartmented information, or SCI, The Washington Post reported last July.


    That meant that Kushner was effectively barred from seeing information gleaned from human spies or from the government's vast signals intelligence apparatus. It's that kind of intelligence that forms the basis of the president's daily intelligence briefing and that is customarily given to senior policymakers and Cabinet officials.


    Kushner's lack of SCI access suggests that the CIA has not signed off on his receiving that level of intelligence, security experts said. He had struggled to obtain even his top-secret clearance, in part because of his contacts with certain foreign government officials, The Post previously reported.

    Some foreign officials, whose communications were intercepted by the U.S. intelligence, privately discussed how they could manipulate Kushner, taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties he had at the time and his lack of foreign-policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

    Kushner's foreign entanglements caused anxiety among U.S. intelligence officials who are ultimately responsible for deciding whether he should have SCI clearances, that step above top secret, according to U.S. officials with knowledge of internal deliberations.


    The decision to grant an SCI clearance is usually made by the agency that generated the information. The CIA, for example, grants access to human intelligence gathered from agents and operatives. The NSA grants access to intercepted communications and intelligence generated by spying on foreign computer networks.


    The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.


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    Jared Kushner's team responds to report Trump 'ordered' security clearance for son-in-law

    February 28, 2018

    Samuel Chamberlain

    JANUARY 25: Senior Adviser to the President and son-in-law Jared Kushner (R) listens as President Donald Trump (2nd L) meets with Hispanic pastors at the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 25, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump held a roundtable with…

    A spokesman for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's attorney told Fox News Thursday that President Trump's son-in-law received a top-secret security clearance through "the regular process with no pressure from anyone," after The New York Times reported that Trump "ordered" then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to grant the clearance against the advice of then-White House Counsel Don McGhan.



    Fox News reported in May 2018 that Kushner had obtained a full security clearance. He had been working at the White House with an interim security clearance for the better part of a year, through late February 2018. That month, Kushner's interim clearance was downgraded from "interim top secret" to "interim secret" after Kelly set a Feb. 23, 2018, deadline for halting access to top-secret information for those whose applications have been pending since June 1, 2017, or earlier.


    The Times report, which cited "four people briefed on the matter," said that Trump told Kelly to grant Kushner a top-secret clearance the day after the White House Counsel's Office recommended that he not be given one. The report claimed that Kelly was so disturbed by Trump's command that he wrote an internal memo stating that he had been "ordered" to give Kushner the clearance.



    "In 2018, White House and security clearance officials affirmed that Mr. Kushner’s security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone," Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner attorney Abbe Lowell, said in a statement. "That was conveyed to the media at the time, and new stories, if accurate, do not change what was affirmed at the time."


    When asked for comment, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News, "We don't comment on security clearances."



    Trump told The Times in a January interview that he "was never involved" with granting Kushner the clearance, a denial that was echoed by his daughter Ivanka -- who is married to Kushner -- earlier this month.



    "The president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance," Ivanka Trump said on ABC's "The View" on Feb. 8.



    The Times report is likely to draw the interest of the Democrat-led House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is starting an investigation into the handling of security clearances by Trump's White House and presidential transition.

    Kushner, who has been the White House point man on a number of issues over the first two years of Trump's administration -- including a Middle East peace plan, the U.S. relationships with China and Japan, criminal justice reform, infrastructure, trade and economic development -- has been forced to repeatedly correct omissions in his "SF-86," the governmentwide form used to apply for clearances, as well as his financial disclosure forms, which experts said could delay or even nix his chances of earning a clearance through the normal process.



    Kushner has also come under scrutiny in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was one of the attendees of a much-scrutinized June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan that included then-candidate Trump's eldest son, Don Jr., then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and was convened on the claim that Veselnitskaya damaging information regarding Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.


    Fox News' John Roberts, Jennifer Bowman, Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ONg?li=BBnbcA1
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    President Trump demanded top-secret clearance for Jared Kushner, report says


    February 28, 2019

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump last year ordered officials to grant top-secret security clearance to his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to a report published Thursday by The New York Times.


    Kushner was granted the high-level clearance last May after a lengthy background check.



    The Times, citing anonymous sources, said Trump demanded Kushner's clearance despite the concerns of intelligence officials, then-Chief of Staff John Kelly and then-White House counsel Don McGahn.


    The newspaper said Kelly wrote in an internal memo that he had been "ordered" to give top-secret clearance to Kushner. McGahn wrote a memo in which he advised against such clearance.



    Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Kushner lawyer Abbe Lowell, responded Thursday to the Times story with a statement, saying: "In 2018, White House and security clearance officials affirmed that Mr. Kushner's security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone. That was conveyed to the media at the time, and new stories, if accurate, do not change what was affirmed at the time."



    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment on the Times story.



    Trump told Times reporters in January that he "was never involved" with Kushner's security clearance.



    Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and Kushner's wife, said in February that the president did not play a role in granting security clearances to her or Kushner.


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