AP learns Kushner now has a permanent security clearance

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By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 24 (PTI) Jarred Kushner, the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, has finally received security clearance, a media report said today, bringing cheers to his supporters and the White House staffers.

The FBI background check on Kushner dragged as questions arose whether special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the election and any collusion by Trump campaign aides turned up evidence that he was a security threat, the New York Times reported.

Career officials approved the clearance following the background check, the newspaper reported.

Lowell told Newsweek that Kushner was one of the first to cooperate in any investigation involving the Trump campaign.

Lowell said Kushner answered all questions and "is looking forward to continuing the work the president has asked him to do".

Kushner's clearance was stripped in February.

And in February The Washington Post reported that several other overseas nations - UAE, China, Israel, and Mexico - were discussing ways of manipulating Kushner to push USA foreign policy in each nation's favor.

Citing officials familiar with the matter, CNN did not detail Kushner's level of clearance or what caused law-enforcement authorities to grant it.

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Kushner is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities.

A background check of Kushner run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation took more than a year to clear.

Kushner has had two interview sessions with the special counsel's team.

"For that job, he would normally need top secret and SCI", Zaid said.

The White House had blamed the delay on administrative backlogs that normally plague new administrations.

Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear.

Kushner attended a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian at Trump Tower during the campaign in an attempt to get disparaging information on Hillary Clinton, and he attempted to set up a "back channel" to the Kremlin during the presidential transition.

But experts also pointed to more innocuous explanations, including that Kushner's extensive travel and overseas contacts, as well as his business interests, are more complex than many incoming government officials' and might have taken more time for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explore.