Jared Kushner’s security clearance was downgraded from “Top Secret” to “Secret” on Friday, according to a report from Politico.
Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, serves as a White House adviser, but will no longer be allowed to view top-secret intelligence, according to three sources with knowledge of the situation who spoke to Politico.
The memo affected all White House aides who had been working on the highest possible interim security clearances, as their Top Secret/SCI-level clearances were downgraded to Secret. SCI stands for sensitive compartmentalized information, which means that such information comes from sensitive sources and must be walled off.
Politico reported that the memo he received was not signed by White House chief of staff John Kelly, though Kelly has been dealing with the scandal surrounding the resignation of former staff secretary Rob Porter, which revealed that many aides in the White House had access to highly-classified and secret information yet still didn’t have permanent security clearances.
As president, Trump could grant Kushner permanent top-level security clearance, but said on Friday he was leaving that decision to Kelly.
“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” Trump had said to reporters. “I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”
The report from Politico comes the same day that it was announced a top communications aide close to Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump would be leaving the White House in the coming months.
This article was published on Reverepress.com