White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has finally been granted permanent security clearance, according to The New York Times.
A source told The Times that Kushner's clearance was approved by career staffers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his background check by the agency was complete.
Mark Zaid, a Washington lawyer who specializes in security clearances, said that though it's hard to say with certainty whether Kushner's clearance means he's not facing legal jeopardy from Mueller, "At least looking at the facts as we know them today, it leads me to believe he is no longer in the crosshairs".
"With respect to the news about his clearances, as we stated before, his application was properly submitted, reviewed by numerous career officials and underwent the normal process", Lowell told the newspaper.
Lowell said that Kushner answered all questions that were asked.
Kushner and several other White House employees were working under provisional clearances that allowed them to see classified material while the Federal Bureau of Investigation checks were under way.
Image Jared Kushner is a senior White House adviser- and now has access to state secrets once again
Kushner has been operating under a temporary security clearance for several months.
Kushner is leading a Trump effort to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and has been a Trump conduit to Mexico, among other activities.
The permanent security clearance for Kushner had been pending since past year.
Lowell, in a statement, said Kushner has cooperated fully with the investigation, including sitting for two interviews with the special counsel's office.
The person familiar with the matter confirmed that Kushner was granted a top-secret clearance.
The wealthy NY real estate developer had to refile the national security questionnaire required of all prospective White House employees after making a number of omissions. At one point, the White House had dozens of employees awaiting permanent clearances before Chief of Staff John F. Kelly ordered an overhaul of the process. Even without a permanent clearance, the president's son-in-law had been allowed to see materials, including the president's daily brief, that are among the most sensitive in government. He updated the form in the spring, listing about 100 contacts, but did not mention the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting he attended with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.