Kushner had an interim security clearance last year while his background check was carried out, but he still had access to almost every piece of classified information.
In May, he was issued a permanent “top secret” clearance that allows him to view some sensitive intelligence, but was not granted clearance to examine “sensitive compartmented information,” the Washington Post reports.
The White House can issue a “top secret” clearance following an FBI background investigation, but the Central Intelligence Agency oversees who can review “sensitive compartmented information.”
As a result, security experts told the Post that it appears the CIA has not approved Kushner to view “sensitive compartmented information.”
“After a review done in the normal course by career officials, Mr. Kushner was given his permanent White House clearances in May, and has access to all the materials and information he needs to do the domestic and international work the president has asked him to do,” Kushner’s lawyer Abe Lowell stated.
It’s uncertain what is holding up the clearance access, and potential factors include special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe. Kushner has testified before Mueller’s team twice and has fielded questions about meetings with foreign officials and the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
A spokesperson for Mueller’s office, White House officials, and a CIA spokesperson declined to comment to the Post.