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Donald Trump Requests Security Clearance for Son-in-Law Jared Kushner

It could take weeks to get Kushner cleared

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    In this file photo Jared Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump, smile at a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rally at a South Carolina Republican primary night event, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Spartanburg, S.C.

    Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of requesting that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance to join him for his Presidential Daily Briefings, which began Tuesday.

    Multiple sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday and designated both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward.

    Flynn has the necessary security clearance, Kushner does not, and it could take weeks — or even longer — for him to receive it. The legality of such a move is murky as well, as it raises questions about whether Trump is contravening the anti-nepotism law that bars presidents from appointing family members to cabinet positions or formal government jobs.