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Trump son-in-law has security clearance downgraded - and he's not the only one

President Trump declined to give his son-in-law Jared Kushner top secret clearance after he was downgraded from his interim security clearance designation. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has lost his access to Top Secret intelligence after his security clearance was downgraded.

Here's what happened

In a memo sent Friday, all White House staffers with interim security clearances were stripped of that designation, including Kushner.

The downgrade comes as White House chief of staff John Kelly deals with the fallout of the resignation of Rob Porter over accusations of domestic abuse from his past wives. During that episode, it was revealed that dozens of staffers had interim security clearances.

They have been downgraded to "Secret" level, according to sources that spoke to Politico.

Kushner responds

An attorney for Kushner responded to the revelation saying that the downgrade would not impair Kushner's ability to perform his functions at the White House.

"Mr. Kushner has done more than what is expected of him in this process," Abbe Lowell said to NPR.

"Those involved in the process again have confirmed that there are dozens of people at Mr. Kushner's level whose process is delayed," he added, "that it is not uncommon for these clearance reviews to take this long in a new administration, and that the current backlogs are now being addressed. No concerns were raised about Mr. Kushner's application. As General Kelly himself said, the new clearance policy will not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president."

Trump declines to save Kushner

According to Politico, President Trump has the power to grant top secret clearance to Kushner, but when he was asked about it Tuesday, he said he would leave it to his chief of staff.

“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” Trump said. “I have no doubt he’ll make the right decision.”

Here's a CNN news report video:

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