Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner does not have the security clearance required to see some of the government’s most sensitive secrets, The Washington Post reported.
For the first year of the Trump administration, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law had nearly blanket access to highly classified intelligence with just an interim security clearance while he waited for his background check.
But when White House security officials granted him permanent clearance in late May, he got “top secret” status — a level that does not let him see some of the country’s most closely guarded intelligence, the Post reported, citing unnamed sources.
He has yet to get approval to review “sensitive compartmented information,” the Post reported, noting the CIA determines who can access data primarily involving intelligence sources and methods, the Post reported.
The block means Kushner cannot see some parts of the President’s Daily Brief, a highly classified summary of world events, the Post reported.
But it also could complicate his ability to manage tasks that include meeting with foreign leaders on Trump’s behalf and crafting a Middle East peace plan, the Post reported.
“I think it would severely hamper his ability to do his job,” Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer and security clearance expert, told the Post.
Though the CIA apparently has not signed off on Kushner, the White House security office has authority to independently grant a “top secret” clearance, the Post reported.
The Post reported it is not clear why there are constraints on Kushner’s access, including if they are related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which has examined Kushner’s dealings with foreign officials.