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Jared Kushner Among Dozens Without Full Security Clearance: Report

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By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 07:57 PM

About three dozen Trump administration officials – including first son-in-law Jared Kushner – are working in the White House without full security clearances. The Washington Post reports.

The Post quoted "people familiar with the security clearance process" as saying Kushner, who is married to President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, and is one of his most trusted aides, is one of the people working with temporary approvals. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Kushner's role in the Russia probe.

The interim approvals to handle sensitive information will continue until the FBI finishes background checks.

The Post said the clearance issue has come to the forefront in the wake of domestic abuse allegations against ex-White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who had an interim clearance. Porter denied the allegations, but resigned Wednesday amid growing furor.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said officials followed proper procedure.

"We should not short-circuit an investigation just because allegations are made,'' he said. "The truth must be determined, and that is what was going on with Rob Porter."

National security lawyer Mark Zaid told the Post people often work with interim clearances for months.  He said the abuse allegations would not automatically disqualify Porter.

The Post said a Kushner spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.

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