Two career White House security specialists turned down Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance, but they were overruled by Carl Kline, director of the personnel security office in the Executive Office of the President, in May 2017, reports NBC News.
Two sources told NBC News that Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top secret clearances for 30 incoming Trump officials who were turned down.
The sources said that Kushner’s FBI background check raised red flags about his family’s business, his foreign contacts, his foreign travel and meetings he had during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The sources said the CIA has not granted Kushner clearance to review “sensitive compartmented information” (SCI) material.
This means Kushner lacks access to key intelligence unless Trump overrides the rules.