Reports: Trump ordered aide to give Kushner security clearance

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Reports: Trump ordered aide to give Kushner security clearance

The New York Times reports U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff to grant his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance.

Justin Solomon reports.

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Reports: Trump ordered aide to give Kushner security clearance

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff in May to grant his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner top-secret security clearance.

That's according to a report in The New York Times on Thursday (February 28).

Kushner, a real-estate developer turned presidential advisor, who was tasked with bringing peace to the Middle East has been a staple in the trump administration (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I appreciate everyone.

Jared... Jared has actually become much more famous than me.

I'm a little bit upset about that." When Kushner was granted the top-secret clearance, the Times reported senior administration officials were troubled prompting then White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to write an internal memo about how he had been ordered to green-light the request.

This, in direct contradiction to statements made by Trump to the Times in January saying he had no role in Kushner receiving his clearance.

White House spokeswomen Sarah Sanders said, "We don't comment on security clearances" when asked about the report and a spokesman for Kushner's attorney said in an email that the White House and security clearance officials last year asserted that Kushner's clearance was "handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone." "New stories, if accurate, do not change what was affirmed at the time." Kushner's temporary clearance was suspended February 2018 along with other officials operating under temporary clearances as part of measures to tighten procedures after White House staff secretary Rob Porter was fired.

That's after his two ex-wives raised charges of domestic abuse.

Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings said in a statement the Times report indicated Trump "may have granted access to our country's most sensitive classified information to his son-in-law against the advice of career staff." Kushner continues to push for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, just this week meeting with Turkish President Erdogan.

Though, he has yet to provide concrete details on his plan for peace.

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