White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application. Kushner had reportedly been operating on an interim clearance for more than a year, while he managed a vast portfolio ranging from relations with Mexico to Middle East peace.
Lowell in his statement said Kushner had cooperated with all investigations into the Trump campaign and administration. "Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do".
The Mueller probe has also hung over Kushner's status in the White House, in part because some of the matters under investigation relate to his role during the campaign and the transition, including contacts with Russians, as well as events that occurred in the early months of the Trump presidency, such as the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
That was not the case, the person said, adding that Kushner's clearances were approved by career officials after the completion of the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check and that the president was not involved in the process. His interview lasted more than six hours. "In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigation".
Mark Zaid, a national security lawyer, said people who lose their interim security clearances are often able to get them restored after a fuller investigation of the issues that caused concern for security officers.
The New York Times, which first broke the news of Kushner getting his security clearance, notes that the process took almost a year and a half, which Trump administration officials claim was due to Kushner's complex foreign business dealings. Those clearances were stripped in February under a new White House policy. Kushner updated the SF-86 forms once more in June to include that meeting.
Part of that investigation is examining meetings Kushner attended in 2016 with Russian representatives and officials. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.