Rosenstein alerted White House two weeks ago on Kushner clearance issues: report

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Rosenstein allegedly spoke with White House counsel Don McGahn on Feb. 9, telling him that additional information was required from Kushner that would cause further delays for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE's son-in-law, who has been using a temporary security clearance since joining the White House.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department told the Post that Rosenstein did not explain to McGahn what new information the Justice Department had obtained or what new investigation needed to occur.

“The deputy attorney general has not referenced to the White House any specific concerns relating to this individual’s security clearance process,” Sarah Isgur Flores said.

The call from Rosenstein came a week before White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE announced that those officials working in the White House on temporary clearances, including Kushner, would no longer be able to view top-secret information until their security checks are finalized.


The policy change came amid an uproar over ousted White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who allegedly was allowed to handle classified information despite an FBI background check that found credible accusations of domestic abuse.

Porter resigned on Feb. 7, the same week multiple news outlets ran stories in which both of his ex-wives accused him of physical abuse, including one who offered a photo of a black eye she says he gave her. 

CNN reported one week later that more than 100 White House staffers were operating on temporary security clearances as late as November. 

Trump said Friday that he would allow Kelly to make the final decision on Kushner's security clearance, despite it being within his power to let the senior adviser continue working without one.

“Gen. Kelly respects Jared a lot,” Trump said. 

“I will let Gen. Kelly make that decision,” he added. “And he's going to do what's right for the country. And I have no doubt he will make the right decision.”