Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's downgraded security clearance prevents him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he had unlimited access.
'A memo sent Friday downgraded the presidential son-in-law and adviser and other White House aides who had been working on interim clearances,' reports Politico.
Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were informed in a memo sent Friday that their clearances would be downgraded to the Secret level, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
The SCI acronym stands for sensitive compartmentalized information, a category of information that comes from sensitive intelligence sources and must be walled off.
The memo was not signed by chief of staff John Kelly, but it comes as the retired Marine general and other top White House aides are grappling the fallout of a scandal involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, which revealed that dozens of White House aides had yet to receive permanent clearances but nonetheless had access to some of the country's deepest secrets.
NEWS w/ @elianayjohnson:
Jared Kushner and the other WH staffers working on the highest level interim security clearances have had their clearances downgraded — a move that limits their access to sensitive government documentshttps://t.co/qxLMEL0mbq
— Andrew Restuccia (@AndrewRestuccia) February 27, 2018
Scoop: All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances were informed in a memo sent Friday that their clearances would be downgraded, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. https://t.co/4F6rhKGcHC via @elianayjohnson @andrewrestuccia
— Carrie Budoff Brown (@cbudoffbrown) February 27, 2018
Statement from Jared Kushner appears to be in violation of law: https://t.co/SGzNAaVkML
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 27, 2018
Memo announcing security clearance changes did not come from John Kelly, per sources familiars, but after Trump delegated Kushner decision to him on Friday hard to believe he did not sign off https://t.co/S58ztn5hBz
— Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) February 27, 2018