Jared Kushner's security clearance has been restored

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kushner Presiden

Jared Kushner's security clearance has been restored

The White House defended the lengthy process for issuing a permanent clearance to Kushner, citing the senior adviser's myriad business dealings and complicated finances.

Kushner's permission to view top secret information was revoked in February after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly declared a moratorium on temporary security clearances.

White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks during a Prison Reform Summit in the East Room of the White House May 18.

Lowell continued to sidestep the question of whether Kushner was a target, subject, or witness, saying, "Nobody has indicated they have any intention of saying to him, you've done something wrong that would merit any charges".

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The Mueller probe has also hung over Kushner's status in the White House, in part because some of the matters under investigation relate to his role during the campaign and the transition, including contacts with Russians, as well as events that occurred in the early months of the Trump presidency, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

"A year ago, Jared was one of the first to voluntarily cooperate with any investigation into the 2016 campaign and related topics", Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement.

A source told the Times that Kushner's clearance was approved by career staffers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the agency completed his background check. "He answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation". His interview lasted more than six hours. He said Kushner has met with Mueller's investigators twice for many hours. But the delay opened an avenue of attack for Democrats, who questioned whether the investigation had unearthed information that raised doubts about whether he should be allowed access to sensitive information.

But his lawyer told The New York Times that's normal and that Kushner has fully cooperated with the special counsel's investigation.

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Kushner's months-long inability to get a permanent security clearance had long vexed the administration, so much so that some officials felt unwilling to push the issue with others in similar straits.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, attended a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Kushner's application had been beset by multiple revisions and previously undisclosed contacts with foreign individuals.

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