Kushner fighting Kelly over losing his security clearance

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Nothing should keep Jared Kushner from pressing ahead in trying to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, said as reports of a rift between Kelly and President Donald Trump's key adviser proliferated. Kushner also feels personally targeted by Kelly's memo, officials told the Times.

Kushner has reportedly told other White House officials that he is hesitant to give up his access to the classified information, putting him at odds with Kelly.

Almost a year into the Trump administration, some senior-level staffers - including daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Kushner - remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a U.S. government official.

The reason for this attempt by Kelly, according to the report, is the scandal involving former White House aide Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic violence.

It's unclear how much access to classified information Kushner now has - or needs.

In a five-page memo, Kelly called for all background check investigations into potential top White House officials to be delivered directly to the White House Counsel's office by the FBI and for the FBI to share "significant derogatory information" uncovered in the course of investigations into senior staff with the White House within 48 hours, according to a copy of the memo released by the White House.

Kelly also wrote that he had already ended the practice of granting interim clearances, back in September, with the exception of 'extraordinary circumstances'.

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"Mr. Kushner's work that he has done will not be impacted and he's going to continue to do the work that he's done over the previous year", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during the daily briefing.

On Tuesday night, Kelly said in a statement that he would not comment on anyone's security clearance, but said he has "full confidence" in Kushner to continue handling his extensive responsibilities in regards to foreign-policy matters.

Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump have been critical of Mr. Kelly in conversations with the president, who spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., surveying people about whether he should fire his chief of staff.

"Everyone in the White House is grateful for these valuable contributions to furthering the president's agenda", Kelly said of Kushner.

'I think it's irresponsible to suggest that without having seen any individual's file, ' she said, upbraiding a reporter.

His permanent clearance was reportedly stalled past year because he had to amend his application multiple times.

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