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Trump ordered Kelly to approve Kushner's top-secret clearance: report

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By Mike Murphy

President Donald Trump ordered for his adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to be granted a top-secret security clearance last year despite warnings from intelligence officials, the New York Times reported Thursday. The Washington Post later matched the report . Citing multiple sources, the Times reported then-chief of staff John Kelly was directed by Trump to approve Kushner's clearance despite that opposition, and Kelly was so bothered by it that he wrote an internal memo detailing the order. After more than a year in the White House, Kushner finally got top-secret clearance last May. Then-White House counsel Don McGahn and intelligence officials, including some from the CIA, recommended Kushner not be given top-secret clearance, the Times said. It is believed Kushner's business ties to foreign investors and governments were the concern. Trump in January told the Times that he had nothing to do with Kushner's security status. Last month, NBC News reported Kushner's initial top-secret security application was rejected, and earlier this month, two House Democrats petitioned the White House to revoke Kushner's clearance, based on the NBC News report.

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