Lawyer Says Kushner Had Second Mueller Interview

Delia Walker
May 24, 2018

After more than 12 months of background checks and three months of diminished access to classified information, Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has finally received permanent security clearance.

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.

In his statement, Mr Lowell added that Mr Trump's son-in-law had also sat for a second time with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the USA leader's campaign links with Russian Federation over alleged election meddling.

Kushner's lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell, said the granting of the permanent security clearance vindicated his client and the stance that had been stated by the White House.

The FBI has now finished their file on Kushner and delivered it to the White House personnel security office.

The attorney, Abbe Lowell, made the revelation to The New York Times, which also reported that Kushner had been granted a permanent security clearance after more than a year of vetting by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kushner failed to disclose those meetings on his initial applications for security clearance, raising concerns about attempts to hide them.

Kushner was one of many Trump administration officials who also worked on the president's campaign to face questioning from Mueller.

The second, which occurred in April of this year, focused on the campaign, the transition and other topics, including the circumstances of the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the source said, adding that there were no questions about Kushner's financial dealings or his family business.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations", Lowell told the Times.

The news of the Mueller interview comes as ABC News has learned Kushner has been granted a permanent security clearance on Wednesday after a lengthy review by the White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter.

But now with the granting of his permanent security clearance, Jared Kushner has once again gained access to some of the nation's biggest secrets, which includes the presidential daily brief - a cumulative summary of all the intelligence updates the president receives from the intelligence community every day. "Throughout the process, Mr. Kushner has continued to work on a number of foreign policy and domestic issues with no interruption".

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