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Security Clearance for President's Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Downgraded

Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Photo, AP

WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner is finding out being the president's son-in-law doesn't guarantee you "Top Secret" security status.

The 37-year-old has been operating under an interim security clearance since he started working in the West Wing. Friday he was informed that his status will be downgraded to "Secret."

Kushner lost his access to the nation's deepest secrets after Chief of Staff John Kelly ordered that White House officials with interim clearances pending since before June 1, 2017, be cut off if they hadn't received permanent clearances by last Friday. 

The policy comes as a result of the controversy surrounding the president's former staff secretary Rob Porter who handled classified material without a permanent security clearance. Porter left the White House amid charges of abuse from his two ex-wives.

President Trump has the authority to grant Kushner "Top Secret" status but says he's leaving that decision up to his chief of staff.

Kushner has been given great responsibility in the Trump White House, including leading peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

He's also in charge of overseeing the administration's response to the nation's opiod crisis, criminal justice reform and serves as a liaison to Mexico - all while working for free.

Kelly says he has full confidence in Kushner's ability to continue performing his duties despite his security clearance downgrade. 

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