Jared Kushner’s access to top intelligence revoked

Feb 28, 2018, 6:26 AM EST
Jared Kushner's lawyer called security clearance downgrade part of a normal process.
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has lost access to top level-security briefings, a development that comes amid reports claiming that the White House is concerned over the leader’s contacts with certain foreign government officials.

Although Kushner’s lawyer called it a normal process, the downgrading of security clearance is an embarrassing development and more people could have their temporary security clearances withdrawn in coming days, as the White House imposes greater discipline on access to secrets, writes the BBC.

No access to presidential daily briefings won’t hamper Kushner’s ability to handle routine affairs but could limit his role in major policy deliberations, including on China and Russia, notes Reuters.