Two White House security staff refused a request from Jared Kushner, the adviser of US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law, who asked for a security clearance after the FBI’s assessment raised fears of his status and the possibly of him being under external influence, the NBC reported.
Despite the two White House security staff refusal, the supervisor revoked their recommendation and agreed to grant Kushner the permission to access confidential information.
The former supervisor, Karl Klein, was a former Pentagon employee and was appointed as the director of the White House Executive Office for Security in May 2018.
Kushner was one of 30 people whom Klein has denied security assessment.
The number of cases his annulment in his reign was unprecedented; it occurred only once in the three years before Klein’s arrival.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, said the FBI’s assessment of Kushner raised questions about his family’s activities, foreign contacts, trips and foreign interviews during the campaign.
However, Kushner, as a senior official, sought a higher permit, which allows him access to the most sensitive secrets of the US administration; including copies of foreign contacts that have been made Intercepts, CIA intelligence reports, and other information that seems to be important to Kushner, whose interests are aimed specifically at the Middle East and Mexico.
The report explains that after Klein’s security assessment of Kushner was reversed, the Kushner file was turned over to the CIA to decide to give him a security clearance to access sensitive information.
After reviewing the file, intelligence officers conducting the security assessments refused to agree.
Those sources reveal that one of the CIA officers summoned to the White House security department asked how Kushner had obtained a “top confidential” information, which was defined as material that could cause “exceptionally grave damage to national security” if it detected by “enemies”.