Kushner working with temporary security clearance in the White House: report

Kushner working with temporary security clearance in the White House: report
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Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is still using a temporary security clearance almost 10 months after joining the Trump administration, Politico reported Thursday.

Officials familiar with Kushner's situation told the outlet that Kushner has been using an interim security clearance that has allowed him to work on sensitive foreign policy issues while his application for a permanent clearance is under review.

The news comes hours after Kushner and his attorneys denied a request from the Senate Judiciary Committee to produce documents related to his security clearance, including a form that Kushner has repeatedly amended to include his foreign contacts.

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The documents were part of a request from the committee for “transcripts from other committee interviews, additional documents from previous requests, communications with (former national security adviser) Michael Flynn and documents related to his security clearance.”

Flynn has been named one of the central figures in the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

Kushner's lawyer Abbe Lowell told Politico in a statement that Kushner “will be open” to responding to requests from the committee.

The White House told Politico in response to an inquiry that Kushner's situation was "completely normal" and cited a backlog of requests related to Trump administration officials serving in the government for the first time who had not previously received security clearances.

In addition to demanding more documents on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) disclosed that Kushner had received an email about WikiLeaks in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.