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Security clearance of Trump's son-in-law downgraded

02 March 2018, 01:59 | Tara Lloyd

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As a result of the downgrade, Kushner will no longer have access to high level documents, such as President Trump's daily briefing notes which Kushner reportedly read frequently.

According to the report, Joshua Harris, the founder of Apollo Management - whose loan refinanced the mortgage on Kushner's Chicago skyscraper - who was advising Trump administration on infrastructure policy, also met with Jared Kushner a year ago.

The size of the loan by Apollo, one of the world's largest private equity companies, to refinance a Kushner mortgage on a Chicago skyscraper was three times the size of an average property loan made by the firm's real estate lending arm.

A third official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recently passed new information to White House Counsel Don McGahn that led to the slowing or stopping of Kushner's pending clearance application. Citigroup gave Kushner Companies a sum of $325 million - one of the largest loans availed by the company past year - to help finance a group of office buildings in Brooklyn.

Earlier this week, Kushner saw his security level downgraded after existing in purgatory since joining the White House team shortly after the presidential election in 2016.

In the February 16 memo, Kelly stated that White House officials, including Kushner, who have been operating on interim clearances since last June would have their temporary clearances discontinued.

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New York's banking regulator has asked Deutsche Bank and two other small lenders about their financial relationships with Jared Kushner, his family members and the family's real estate business, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Signature, a NY state-chartered bank, said in an email that, with the permission of its client, it could state that "the Kushner Family and Kushner Co have been clients since 2010".

Sources within the White House described Kushner as "naïve and being tricked", particularly when he took meetings with foreign officials without a more experienced staff on his side.

In light of the new allegations, Kushner now appears to be embroiled in one controversy after another.

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"Prior to our CEO voluntarily resigning to serve our country, we never had any type of inquiries", Ms. Taylor said. "These types of inquiries appear to be harassment exclusively for political reasons".

Likewise, Kushner had meetings with Citigroup's top exec Michael Corbat - to discuss financial and trade policy, several sources told The Times.

Kushner's interim "top secret/sensitive compartmented information" clearance has been downgraded to "secret", a White House official told the Post.

Kushner has always been a perceived target in Mueller's probe.

Kushner received some scrutiny a year ago for failing to disclose a host of communications between himself and foreign entities.

Kushner's contacts with foreign officials also have been a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, a former US official told the AP.

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