Trump On Kushner's Clearance: Jared's 'Outstanding,' But It's Up To John Kelly

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As far as his decision to give Kushner a waiver of some kind, the president says he trusts his chief of staff, John Kelly, to make these decisions. What I've heard in recent days this could be a place where John Kelly goes, and Trump doesn't appoint a chief of staff. I think he's been treated unfairly'. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise".

Instead of "stumbling around trying to find a solution" to the question of whether Kushner should be removed from the White House because he's still not been granted security clearance due to his more than 100 omitted foreign contacts on his application forms, the administration should instead "just get rid of him", Toobin mused. Those with temporary "top secret" or higher clearances are expected to be bumped down to temporary "secret" clearances, which provide more limited access.

"I will let General Kelly make that decision".

White House communications director Hope Hicks, whose role in drafting a misleading statement about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower has drawn Mueller's scrutiny, obtained a full Top Secret and sensitive compartmented information, or SCI, security clearances - the highest levels of access - in November or earlier, according to information obtained by CNN from a United States government official.

Their wait-and-see mode ended last week, when Kelly issued a new policy that would block staff members with interim clearances from receiving top-secret information as of Friday.

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'It shouldn't take this long, ' he said, referring to the roughly three dozen people who share security clearance purgatory with Kushner.

As someone who meets regularly with foreign officials and reads classified intelligence, Kushner would typically have a fast-tracked background investigation, security-clearance experts said.

Mark Zaid, an attorney who represents security clearance applicants, said ongoing criminal investigations can derail security clearance applications, even if the applicant is not a target of the investigation. It also provided another layer of intrigue to the acrimonious relationship between Kushner and Kelly, who have been at odds over access to the President and the classified materials he views. The phone call was first reported by The Washington Post. Kelly has interpreted that as a wide-ranging mandate that would include Kushner, the person said.

He also said that peace between the Palestinians and Israel is the toughest deal of any deal there is the hardest deal to make of any kind is between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

In addition, Kushner's actions during the transition have been noted in the guilty plea of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, who admitted he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about contacts with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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