According to the New York Times, President Trump ordered his chief of staff John Kelly to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner a top-secret security clearance.
Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.
The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance.
Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell said that his client went through the standard process of getting a security clearance last year.
“In 2018, White House and security clearance officials affirmed that Mr. Kushner’s security clearance was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone. That was conveyed to the media at the time, and new stories, if accurate, do not change what was affirmed at the time,” a spokesman for Abbe Lowell said.
Trump had previously denied ordering a clearance for Jared Kushner.