White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerElection gives Trump a chance to hit the reset button with Mexico Kim Kardashian West visits with inmates at California prison: report Trump shapes the landscape in Jerusalem MORE does not have the highest level of security clearance, preventing him from seeing some of the government’s most sensitive information, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
Sources told The Post that Kushner was only granted a clearance with “top secret” status and has not yet been permitted to view “sensitive compartmented information,” known as SCI.
The CIA oversees who is able to view the information, which comes from U.S. intelligence sources and surveillance, the newspaper noted.
The lower status has occasionally cut Kushner off from viewing parts of the president’s Daily Brief when it includes the highly sensitive information.
White House officials and a CIA spokesman declined to comment to The Post for its report, citing policies of not commenting on personnel issues.
“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 attorney Abbe Lowell told the newspaper.
Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has a number of duties within the White House, including developing a plan for peace in the Middle East.
Experts told The Post that a lower level security clearance could prevent Kushner from completing parts of his job.
Kushner operated with a temporary security clearance for more than a year as his background investigation was completed. He was granted a permanent clearance in May.
He, among other top Trump administration officials, had their interim security clearances downgraded by White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE after it was revealed they had been able to access classified information for months under the temporary clearances.
The White House had defended Kushner over the length of time it took for him to receive a permanent clearance, noting his business dealings.
Still, questions were raised over Kushner’s involvement in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE ‘s probe and if the investigation was holding up his background checks.
Mueller is reportedly examining Kushner’s meetings with Russian officials in 2016.
Lowell, Kushner’s attorney, has maintained that the official has fully cooperated with Mueller’s probe.