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Jared Kushner is still working with an interim security clearance

He's been part of the Trump administration from the very beginning, but Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, still doesn't have a permanent security clearance, White House officials and others with knowledge of the situation told Politico Thursday.

Kushner is able to view extremely sensitive material with his interim security clearance, Politico reports, as he works on foreign policy issues, like attempting to bring peace to the Middle East. The White House told Politico it's "completely normal" for someone to work on a temporary security clearance for 10 months, and it can take up to 300 days for a permanent clearance to be granted. There's also a backlog because so many people in the administration have no previous government experience.

To get a security clearance, an applicant must complete an SF-86 form and list their foreign contacts. They have to hand over information on their finances, and their friends, family members, and former colleagues are interviewed. Since submitting his form, Kushner has had to make several changes, adding foreign contacts he didn't mention before, including meetings with Russians before the inauguration.