WASHINGTON, DC — President Trump ordered his chief of staff to give Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, top secret security clearance and access to sensitive documents despite strenuous objections from intelligence officials who had flagged Kusner’s foreign and business ties, The New York Times reported Friday.
The memos obtained by The Times directly contradict statements Trump made to the newspaper in January that he had no role in Kushner receiving security clearance. The Times said it received the information from four people who had been briefed on the matter.
Multiple people familiar with the matter told The Times Kushner had faced questions from the FBI and CIA about Kushner’s foreign and business contacts, including those related to Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Russia.
Trump’s order in May was so troubling to senior administration officials that White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a memo at the time that he had been “ordered” to give Kushner top-secret clearance, the report said. Donald F. McCann, at the time the top White House lawyer, also documented his concerns, as well as those raised by the CIA, in an internal memo. He said he had advised Trump against granting Kushner access to the documents.
A spokesman for Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe D. Lowell, told The Times Thursday that Kushner’s top-level security clearance “was handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone.”
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