Jared Kushner receives permanent security clearance, ending uncertainty over his status

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At long last - after about a year and a half of delays - Jared Kushner has received full White House security clearance.

Charles Phalen, the director of the National Background Investigations Bureau, told lawmakers at a House subcommittee oversight hearing held past year that he had "never seen that level of mistakes" on a security clearance application than what he had seen from Kushner's original SF-86. Chief of staff John Kelly shook up the clearance process at the time following the resignation of former White House aide Rob Porter, who maintained the check after he was accused of physically assaulting several past spouses.

"There was nobody in the political process that had anything to do with it", Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell told Wolf Blitzer in response to a question about the process of having the clearance restored.

He said his client was "looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner's clearance was stripped in February.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner arrives for U.S. first lady Melania Trump's "launch of her initiatives" and "Be Best" campaign in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2018.

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He is married to the president's oldest daughter Ivanka Trump.

Tuesday, Trump signed a bill mandating that the White House Office of Administration report to Congress on the cause of backlogs in security clearances.

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

Kushner's application had been beset by multiple revisions and previously undisclosed contacts with foreign individuals.

"Since then, he has continued this complete cooperation, providing a large number of documents and sitting for hours of interviews with congressional committees and providing numerous documents and sitting for two interviews with the office of special counsel", Lowell said. He updated the form in the spring, listing about 100 contacts, but did not mention the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he attended with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

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