Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, has had his security clearance restored, allowing him access to classified information after losing the privilege in the fallout over a fired White House aide, his lawyer said on Wednesday.
The White House defended the drawn-out process, claiming it wasn't unusual with Kushner's complicated financial history and contacts with numerous foreign officials. His clearance was suspended in February, however, as the White House faced blowback over the Rob Porter scandal.
Lowell said Kushner has been voluntarily cooperating with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Lowell said Kushner answered all questions and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".
The ousted White House staff secretary worked with the same temporary clearance Kushner had at the time, and Kushner reportedly had a dispute with John Kelly when the chief of staff tried to address the scandal by yanking security clearance from anyone who didn't have full clearance.
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The permanent security clearance for Kushner had been pending since previous year.
Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits.
The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner.
Initially, Kushner did not list his foreign contacts on the form, though he submitted an addendum indicating he was willing to detail them.
Lowell, in a statement, said Kushner has cooperated fully with the investigation, including sitting for two interviews with the special counsel's office. 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.