White House Waived ‘Dozens’ of Clearance Denials

White House Waived ‘Dozens’ of Clearance Denials

White House Waived ‘Dozens’ of Clearance Denials

We had already seen outrage over President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner getting a security clearance despite concerns, but Newbold said that there were actually at least 25 people who were similarly granted such clearances despite concerns of "foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct".

Cummings released a memo Monday detailing an interview with a White House employee - whom he described as a whistleblower - that alleges that the White House has overturned the security clearance denials of 25 individuals, including two current senior White House officials, saying those decisions were occurring "without proper analysis, documentation, or a full understanding and acceptance of the risks".

A White House whistleblower at the centre of a furore over security clearances granted to Trump administration aides has dismissed claims that Jared Kushner is one of the individuals at the centre of her complaint.

"I feel that right now this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office", she was also quoted as saying in the letter Cummings sent to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.

Two sources familiar with the congressional investigation said that two of the senior officials whose clearances Newbold said were initially denied were Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

Flynn was forced out of the White House within weeks after questions were raised about his private discussions with Russia's U.S. ambassador, as well as other foreign business dealings.

The letter triggered an angry reaction from ranking committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH) who said in a statement that Cummings had "cherry-picked" excerpts from Newbold's testimony and was using her comments as a "pretense for a partisan attack on the White House".

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Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the committee's ranking Republican, said in a statement that Cummings' probe is a "partisan attack" and an "excuse to go fishing" through personnel files.

The Maryland Democrat said Kline representatives had told him that "they might have him come in but that he would be limited to only talking about the process in general and would not talk about what happened in these cases". Instead, she said, the White House retaliated, suspending her in January for 14 days without pay for not following a new policy requiring that documents be scanned as separate PDF files rather than one single PDF file.

Two of those people whose rejections were overturned are "senior White House officials" who remain in their jobs to this day, according to Ms Newbold.

She said that when she raised concerns to her superiors, they ignored those concerns.

Mr Kline also approved a clearance for that unnamed official.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings called for Tuesday's hearing in order to investigate the matter more fully.

During the Fox News interview, Ingraham noted that Newbold had said she has "grave concerns" about the security-clearance process and asked Kushner if he poses a "grave national security concern to the country".

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