Intel chief: Kushner's access to secret information not a national security threat

Intel chief: Kushner's access to secret information not a national security threat

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook co-founder calls for breaking up company | Facebook pushes back | Experts study 2020 candidates to offset 'deepfake' threat | FCC votes to block China Mobile | Groups, lawmakers accuse Amazon of violating children's privacy Experts are studying mannerisms of 2020 candidates to help offset threat of 'deepfake' videos Bolton held unexpected meeting on Iran with top intel, military advisers at CIA: report MORE said on Tuesday that Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTillerson meets with House Foreign Affairs Committee Trump adviser expected to leave White House, join Juul NYT White House correspondent: Trump feels 'betrayed' by media because they're not 'nicer' to him MORE's continued access to secret information does not jeopardize national security, even after his top-secret security clearance was downgraded.

"I don’t believe it’s a threat to our national security because he now has, under [chief of staff] Gen. [John] Kelly’s direction, had a temporary access to some types of information, but not to highly classified information," Coats said during an appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee. 

He said Kelly was working to shorten the list of White House officials operating on interim security clearances, and that Kushner's access to the nation's most secret information had been revoked.

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It was revealed in February that dozens of White House and Trump administration officials had been working on interim clearances for months, yet were still allowed to handle highly classified information.

That revelation was prompted by the resignation of Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary. Porter had been accused by two ex-wives of domestic abuse, and it was later revealed that those allegations had prevented him, at least in part, from obtaining a full security clearance.

Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's son-in-law and senior adviser, was also among those revealed to be working on an interim clearance. Kelly sought to crack down on the clearance process last month, and downgraded Kushner's top-secret clearance. 

Kushner has been charged with overseeing a wide-ranging portfolio in Trump's White House, including trade issues with Mexico and brokering a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.