Trump hands over Jared Kushner's security clearance decision to John Kelly

Senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

Senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

"General Kelly respects Jared a lot". But Trump said Friday that he would leave that decision to Kelly. "I will let the general make that call".

During a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump responded to a question about Kushner's clearance with praise for his daughter Ivanka Trump, as well as Kushner's "outstanding" work.

Kelly's change only applies to clearances for access to the apex of the classification pyramid - top secret and sensitive compartmented information - not to lower-level clearances required to handle secret or confidential information.

The security clearance issue drew more scrutiny after White House staff secretary Rob Porter's ex-wives accused him of abuse and he was forced to resign.

A report from the New York Times earlier this week said that Kushner's "resisting" giving up his access in a clash with Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, also declined to elaborate when pressed by CNN, saying only via a statement that the new policy "will not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the President".

"To do this particular job without a security clearance is extraordinarily hard; just by definition, you're coming into contact with classified information every single day, and much of the material the U.S. team generates is classified material", one former senior USA official told The Jerusalem Post.

"It's a broken system", he said. So that will be up to General Kelly'.

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But the president has the right to override clearances and show classified information to anyone, a stipulation the rules-averse Oval Office surely knows.

But CNN reported earlier this month that dozens of White House officials have yet to receive full clearances from federal law enforcement.

Two weeks ago, White House counsel Donald McGahn and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed the status of Kushner's security clearance, according to a source familiar with the discussion. "There is no truth to any suggestion otherwise", he said.

Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel in President Barack Obama's administration, said administration officials should view Rosenstein's alert as a strong reason to revoke Kushner's interim top-secret access.

It's also not clear whether other White House officials whose actions have been scrutinized by Mueller have been unable to get a decision on their security clearance applications.

"The hardest deal to make of any kind is between the Israelis and the Palestinians", he said. It's a system where taken months to get security clearance even for people who that do not have the complex financial system.

"I haven't spoken with the president about whether or not that would be necessary", Sanders said.

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