US President Donald Trumpâ€™s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been stripped of his top-secret security clearance that will limit his ability to view highly classified information, media reports said on Wednesday.
The security clearance of 47-year-old Kushner, who is also Trumpâ€™s senior adviser, was downgraded after months of delays in completing his background check, reports said.
Kushner was notified of the downgrade in a memo on Friday, along with other White House aides who had access to the highest-level interim clearances, Politico and others reported.
Kushner and the aides previously held what is known as â€˜Top Secret/SCI-levelâ€™ clearances, which provided them with unfettered access to classified information and some of the countryâ€™s most guarded secrets.
The president has the unilateral authority to share classified information as he sees fit, including with his son-in-law, despite the clearance downgrade.
Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, the presidentâ€™s eldest daughter, have enjoyed a special status within the White House as both family members and assistants to the president.
Kushner recently has embraced a lower profile as more questions have been raised about his interactions with foreign officials and about his financial entanglements.
The White House did not comment on the memo on security clearance to Kushner.
â€œWe do not comment on individual security clearances. We actually havenâ€™t commented on Jaredâ€™s. But we have commented on his ability to do his job, which heâ€™s a valued member of the team, and he will continue to do the important work that heâ€™s been doing since he started in the administration,â€ White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.
According to Politico, Kushner's security level has been downgraded from the top secret to secret level.
Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Kushner, said that he â€œhas done more than what is expected of him in this process.â€
The changes would â€œnot affect Mr. Kushnerâ€™s ability to continue to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president.â€
Kushner is currently in charge of the Middle East Peace process.
The decision to reduce Kushnerâ€™s access to classified information was made after John F Kelly, the White House chief of staff, announced plans to overhaul the security clearance process at the White House
Last week Kelly in a statement has said that Kushner would be able to continue his work unabated.
â€œAs I told Jared days ago, I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,â€ Kelly said in the statement.
Last week, Trump had expressed his frustration over the current process of security clearances.
Kushnerâ€™s business background, and the well-publicised financial woes of his familyâ€™s real estate empire have long raised concerns in American security agencies that foreign governments might try to gain influence inside the Trump White House by trying to do business with the presidentâ€™s son-in-law, The New York Times said.Â