After more than 12 months of background checks and three months of diminished access to classified information, Trump senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner has finally received permanent security clearance.
White House officials have blamed the delay in Kushner receiving his security clearance on administrative backlogs normal to a new administration, as well as the complicated nature of his application, CNN reported.
In February, Kushner was stripped of his temporary, high-level security clearance after White House chief of staff John Kelly imposed new rules created to crack down on West Wing staff with long-pending background investigations, sources told ABC News at the time.
Unlike many other staff members, Kushner's permanent security clearance was held up for a year, leading to suggestions that Kushner could be in trouble because of never completely disclosing all his financial dealings with foreign businesses. Kushner previously spoke with investigators in November and was primarily asked about matters involving former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Kushner was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before Comey was sacked, and he was among the attendees at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer at which the president's oldest son was told he would negative information about Hillary Clinton.
The special counsel's questioning focused only on Kushner's work with Trump and did not include topics such as Kushner's personal finances or those of his family business, Kushner Companies, according to the person.
Investigators also asked Kushner about his role in Comey's dismissal, Lowell said, which is a central part of the obstruction inquiry.
The news of the Mueller interview comes as ABC News has learned Kushner has been granted a permanent security clearance on Wednesday after a lengthy review by the White House and Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a source familiar with the matter. Then, in June, Kushner filed a third addendum acknowledging a meeting he had in June 2016 at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton. At the time, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that Kushner's downgraded clearance may still allow him access to sensitive information, but details were never clarified. This caps a almost 18- month review of his security application, which was held up after Kushner failed to disclose contacts he had with foreign officials - including Russians - as required by law.