President-elect Donald Trump requested top secret security clearance for his son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to an NBC News report. The request for clearance is unprecedented and would allow Kushner to sit in on Trump's presidential daily brief, despite not being an official member of the White House staff.
Sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday, at which point he asked for both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward - Flynn has the necessary security clearance.
Trump is also reportedly seeking security clearance for his adult children Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. A 1967 anti-nepotism law prohibits U.S. presidents from hiring members of their immediate family to work in the federal government, including son-in-laws.
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Kushner, a real-estate developer and publisher of the New York Observer, served as a key adviser in Trump's successful presidential campaign - including to help draft Trump’s speech to AIPAC last summer.
Kushner’s prominence in advising Trump may help explain the Tuesday resignation of former Rep. Mike Rogers from the transition team. NBC News sources suggested that Roger’s left the team as “part of a "purge" of loyalists to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was demoted from leading the effort last week due in large part to grudges held by Trump and Kushner.”