Whistleblower: White House reversed security clearance denials

April FrancisApr 03, 2019

The committee also requested information from the Executive Office of the President People Information Center database for nine current and former White House officials, including Kushner, Ivanka and National Security Adviser John Bolton. It's about the security clearances and who can get them at the White House, who has been able to get them.

"I would not be doing a service to myself, my country, or my children if I sat back knowing that the issues that we have could impact national security", Newbold told the committee.

A White House whistleblower says the Trump administration overruled security experts to give questionable security clearances to more than two dozen people.

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. After reviewing the report, Attorney General William P. Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress last week, saying Mueller "did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian Federation in its efforts to influence the 2016 us presidential election".

Director of Personnel Security Carl Kline, who Ms Newbold claims reversed her rejections, is on the list of officials that Democrats plan to compel to testify.

'I've been on this committee 10 years, I've never seen anything like this, ' he noted.

As for the press release Cummings sent on Monday, Jordan added, it was "cherry picked" to try and slander the White House. 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.

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Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House committee, issued a statement calling the letter a "partisan attack" that was "an excuse to go fishing through the personal files of dedicated public servants".

In testimony to the committee, Newbold described the Trump White House as far more lax on security issues that previous presidents she had worked for.

According to Democrat Cummings's memo, however, Newbold considered the decisions to be part of a "systematic" problem within her office where the decisions of security clearance reviewers were "continuously" overridden. "I know that this will not be perceived in favour of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office".

According to Democrats, Newbold said that security clearance applications "were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security" and that staff denials were frequently overturned by senior officials to grant the employees access to classified information. They say the Trump administration has declined to provide those documents despite repeated requests.

Mr Kline also approved a clearance for that unnamed official.

First, she alleges that there were 25 clearances given to officials, against the recommendations of her and her colleagues.

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