Mueller Team Looking At Kushner Contacts With Foreign Investors

Mueller Team Looking At Kushner Contacts With Foreign Investors

Kushner, a senior White House advisor and presidential son-in-law, has been in crushing debt due to a real estate investment gone bad at 666 Fifth Ave in New York City. Last week, left-wing watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics filed a complaint, calling on the White House to revoke Kushner's interim clearance.

Kushner's close relationship to the president has given him access to highly classified information despite his own interim clearance, and he is able to read Trump's daily presidential brief. In a statment distributed by the White House, Kelly offered strong support for Kushner's "valuable contributions", including on the issue of achieving Middle East Peace.

But CNN's latest report indicates that Mueller may be moving his investigation beyond just Kushner's Russian Federation ties.

On Tuesday night, Kelly said in a statement that he would not comment on anyone's security clearance, but said he has "full confidence" in Kushner to continue handling his extensive responsibilities in regards to foreign-policy matters.

Before he joined the administration, Mr. Kushner divested from that property and others, which were sold to a family trust from which he does not benefit, CNN reported. But as the Times noted, his official duties, which include managing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and revising the North American Free Trade Agreement, likely don't require a top-level clearance. Instead, the person said, those matters could be walled off without requiring access to other government secrets.

Kushner's clearance has been delayed, in part, to incomplete information on his application and financial forms.

Kelly issued the memo after the White House faced criticism that Rob Porter, who resigned amid domestic abuse accusations, handled classified information on a temporary clearance despite an Federal Bureau of Investigation background check that triggered concerns. In his memo, Kelly acknowledged that that "we should - and in the future, must - do better". Porter attended Harvard with Kushner, according to multiple reports. The pair has actively discussed possible replacements for Kelly, including Gary Cohn, who is now Trump's top economic adviser.

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One White House official speculated that the security clearance restriction could also serve as a way for Kelly to limit Kushner's access to the President, because he would be restricted from attending certain briefings or participating in sensitive conversations.

Kelly said that he assured Kushner that the policy was not an attempt to push him out of the president's inner circle.

Kushner, according to The Times, believes he has been unfairly singled out by Kelly, who has been tasked with reforming a chaotic White House.

The fallout from that is what's prompting the overhaul, which Kelly signed off on last week.

Kelly, who has told colleagues he considers himself to be media savvy, has been cautious to appear publicly supportive of Kushner.

The White House maintains that Kushner's work will be unaffected by the change, but won't explain why.

"Nothing that has taken place will affect the valuable work that Jared is doing", press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "He continues, and will continue, to be a valued member of the team". "He'll continue to do the important work that he's been focused on for the previous year".

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