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 CoatsTrump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move Hillicon Valley: Deepfakes pose 2020 test for media | States beg Congress for more election security funds | Experts worry campaigns falling short on cybersecurity | Trump officials urge reauthorization of NSA surveillance program Trump administration urges Congress to reauthorize NSA surveillance program MORE said on Tuesday that Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump Jr. dismisses conflicts of interest, touts projects in Indonesia Trump administration releases new 'public charge' rule making it easier to reject immigrants The road from Jerusalem to Riyadh still runs through Ramallah 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operating on interim security clearances, and that Kushner's access to the nation's most secret information had been revoked.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 watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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.