President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been granted a security clearance after a lengthy background check, a move that ensures the key White House adviser with a broad worldwide portfolio can have access to some of the country's most closely held secrets.
He said Kushner's clearance was decided by career officials in the intelligence community and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It was revealed in February that Kushner had been operating with an interim security clearance for more than a year.
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.
The decision raised questions about Kushner's ability to fulfill his extensive White House job duties and whether the delay in securing permanent clearance was related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.
"Having completed all of these processes, he's looking forward to continuing to do the work the president has asked him to do", said Abbe D Lowell, attorney of Kushner, in a statement. He had previously met with investigators in November, for an interview primarily focused on former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The Kushner team believes he is now finished with all ongoing inquiries, which also include the investigations by congressional committees, according to a person close to Kushner. "On each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did everything he could to expedite the conclusion of all the investigations".
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner speaks onstage during the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, on May 14.
"They talk about stories about him being under investigation for his finances, for his role in his companies - let me tell you, those were not the topics", he said.
Zaid said he presumed Kushner received a permanent top-secret clearance with access to secure compartmented information (SCI) - the clearance usually needed to review the highly classified intelligence presented each day in the president's daily brief.
Kushner serves as a senior adviser on the Middle East and other issues.
Whether the restoration of Kushner's clearance is somehow related to his cooperation with Mueller is not immediately clear.