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US president Donald Trump ordered his chief of staff in may to grant his son in law and senior adviser Jared Kushner top security clearance that's according to a report in The New York Times on Thursday Kushner a real estate developer turned presidential adviser who was tasked with bringing peace to the Middle East has been a staple in the trump administration Jarrett judge actually become much more famous than me %HESITATION , a little bit upset about that win because she was granted the top security clearance the times reported senior administration officials were troubled prompting then White House chief of staff John Kelly to write an internal memo about how he had been ordered to green like the request this in direct contradiction to statements made by trump to the times in January saying he had no role in cushion receiving his clearance White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said quote we don't comment on security clearances when asked about the report and a spokesman for Kushner's attorney said in an email that the White House and security clearance officials last year asserted that Kushner's clearance was quote handled in the regular process with no pressure from anyone new stories if accurate do not change what was affirmed at the time Kushner's temporary clearance was suspended February two thousand eighteen along with other officials operating under temporary clearances as part of measures to tighten procedures after White House staff secretary rob Porter was fired that's after his two ex wives raise charges of domestic abuse Democrat representative Elijah Cummings said in the statement the times report indicated trump quote may have granted access to our country's most sensitive classified information to his son in law against the advice of career staff Kushner continues to push for an end to the Israeli Palestinian conflict just this week meeting with Turkish president %HESITATION to one though he has yet to provide concrete details on his plan for peace