The New York Times reported Thursday that President Trump ordered his former White House chief of staff John Kelly last year to grant a security clearance to his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kusher.
According to the report, President Trump ordered Kelly in May to override the security concerns of top U.S. officials and grant a top-secret clearance to Kushner, whose clearance had been downgraded from that level earlier in the year.
In January, the president told the Times that he had no involvement in Kushner’s security clearances, a statement contradicted by memos disclosed to the Times on Thursday by multiple officials.
“I was never involved with the security” clearances for Kushner, Trump was quoted as saying last month. “I know that there was issues back and forth about security for numerous people, actually. But I don’t want to get involved in that stuff.”
The Times claims that Trump ordered Kushner be granted a top-secret clearance in May after the White House counsel’s office issued its final recommendation against Kushner receiving the clearance.