White House senior advisor Jared Kushner had his security clearance downgraded from Top Secret to Secret, Politico reported Tuesday.
Chief of Staff John Kelly had allowed President Donald Trump's son-in-law to view Top Secret/SCI-level classified information despite working on an interim security clearance. SCI stands for "sensitive compartmentalized information," which refers to highly sensitive sources.
Abbe Lowell, Kushner's defense attorney, said the changes would “not affect Mr. Kushner’s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president.”
“As I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said in a statement last week.
Kushner reportedly fought Kelly over downgrading his security clearance.
President Trump defended his son-in-law last week.
“He works for nothing,” Trump said. “Nobody ever reports that. He gets zero. He doesn’t get a salary, nor does Ivanka, who is now in South Korea."