Jared Kushner loses access to top intelligence briefing

Donald Trump’s son-in-law has clearance revoked in clampdown on access to secrets

File image of Jared Kushner  at the White House, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

File image of Jared Kushner at the White House, in Washington, DC. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images

 

US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser Jared Kushner has lost access to the most valued US intelligence report, the president’s Daily Brief, as the White House imposes greater discipline on access to secrets, two US officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Kushner, who has been operating under an interim security clearance for about a year, had his access to the highly classified briefing cut off in the past few weeks, said the sources.

A third official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein recently passed new information to White House counsel Don McGahn that led to the slowing or stopping of Kushner’s pending clearance application. The nature of that information was not clear.

It also is unclear if and when Kushner’s access to the Daily Brief, which requires not only a top-secret clearance, but also access to even more closely guarded intelligence, would be reinstated.

A White House spokesman for Kushner did not immediately return a phone call and email seeking comment.

Kushner’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement: “Mr Kushner has done more than what is expected of him in this process.

“My inquiries . . . have confirmed that there are a dozen or more people at Mr Kushner’s level whose process is delayed, that it is not uncommon for this process to take this long in a new administration, that the current backlogs are being addressed, and no concerns were raised about Mr Kushner’s application.”

The president’s Daily Brief is distributed to a small number of top-level US officials. It includes highly classified intelligence analysis, information about CIA covert operations and reports from the most sensitive US sources or those shared by allied intelligence agencies.

Trump’s White House has been grappling with the security clearance issue since it emerged this month that staff secretary Rob Porter worked for Trump for a year with a temporary clearance despite accusations by his two former wives of domestic abuse. Porter has maintained his innocence. – Reuters