President Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded, a move that prevents him from viewing much of the sensitive material included in Trump's daily briefing.
Kushner once had total access to top secret material but now he is among several White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances who were included in a memo that downgraded their clearances to the Secret level.
The memo was in response to a scandal involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter which revealed that dozens of White House aides had yet to receive permanent clearances but nonetheless had access to some of the nation's deepest secrets.
President Trump has the ability to grant Kushner permanent clearance but Trump said Friday, he was leaving the decision to his chief of staff. "I will let General Kelly make that decision," Trump said. "I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision."
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, would not comment on Kushner's clearance status Tuesday saying, "We actually haven’t commented on Jared’s issue indicated, but we have commented on his ability to do his job.
"Which, he’s a valued member of the team and he will continue to do the important work that he’s been doing since he’s started in the administration."
John Kelly told colleagues in a memo released on February 16, "The American people deserve a White House staff that meets the highest standards and that has been carefully vetted — especially those who work closely with the president or handle sensitive national security information."
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