Jared Kushner, the son-in-law to President Trump, will no longer have access to top-secret information, after his interim security clearance was downgraded from top-secret to secret.
While the downgrade is a significant development, Kushner will still be able to carry on with his duties as a senior advisor. It does not affect his day-to-day duties.
The downgrade in his clearance comes from White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and is tied to the inability of the government to complete Kushner’s application for security clearance.
President Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner will have to push diplomacy on Middle East peace and China without benefit of a top-level security clearance.
Kushner, a senior White House advisor, had his security clearance downgraded following a review ordered by White House chief of staff John Kelly, Politico reported Tuesday.
The downgrade took place along with other aides who were working on temporary or interim security clearances at the Top Secret/SCI-level level.
As part of the downgrade, he will suffer the loss of access to the president’s daily intelligence briefing.
He will now have to work through his extensive portfolio relying on information only at the top secret level.
The change comes after Kelly ordered a new review of clearance policy, following DailyMail.com’s report that former White House staff secretary Rob Porter had stayed on staff with interim clearances despite abuse allegations by two ex wives.
Both women had told the FBI information about the allegations during the extensive background check process, but it did not prevent Porter from ferrying top secret information to the president’s desk on a daily basis.
According to a previous statement issued by Kelly: ‘I will not comment on anybody’s specific security clearance situation or go beyond the memo released last week. As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico.’
‘Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the President’s agenda. There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise,’ he said.
The statement did not mention Kushner’s work with China, but an official said ‘he’s involved in the economic dialogue but that’s been his role on it for months.’
Meanwhile, Josh Raffel, the spokesman for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, is leaving the White House, Axios first reported Tuesday.
Raffel, who was promoted to the position of deputy communications director in the fall, had become the White House’s go-to crisis communications guy, while also having his hand in a number of policy areas.