White House Waived ‘Dozens’ of Clearance Denials

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Newbold said that in addition to the two current senior officials, security clearances were also granted to contractors and other individuals in the executive office of the president, despite their having "a wide range of serious disqualifying issues involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct".

Newbold also told the oversight committee staff that the White House security office stopped conducting credit checks on applicants to work in the White House during their initial suitability reviews. "We've bent over backwards trying to accommodate the White House".

"We have had difficulties with the White House getting information", Cummings said.

Cummings plans to hold a vote on whether to subpoena members of the White House on the security clearance matter.

Past year the White House was also questioned about the security clearance granted to Trump aide Rob Porter despite domestic abuse allegations from two ex-wives.

"I want it known that this is a systematic - it's an office issue, and we're not a political office, but these decisions were being continuously overrode [sic]".

She said she was suspended without pay for 14 days in January, was removed from her position as a "second-level adjudicator" on security clearances and no longer is a direct supervisor. Trump has denied he had any involvement in the security clearance process.

"Chairman Cummings' investigation is not about restoring integrity to the security clearance process, it is an excuse to go fishing through the personal files of dedicated public servants", Jordan said.

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Mr Cummings said Ms Newbold, a manager in the White House personnel security office, said she was targeted for retaliation after declining to approve applications based on national security protocols.

And I think Democrats know that, and I think what they are doing is risky.

Just this morning, the House Democrats from that Oversight Committee said, we're going to start authorizing subpoenas starting tomorrow, so Tuesday.

Flynn maintained his clearance even after the White House learned that he lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador and that he was under investigation by the Justice Department for his previous foreign work.

The committee added that it is investigating the background checks of the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton. He has previously denied allegations of abuse.

The subpoena comes after Kline supposedly ignored two letters from the House Oversight Committee requesting his testimony.

Mueller left unresolved the question of whether Trump obstructed justice during the probe, and Barr concluded the evidence was insufficient to charge the president.

The freshman lawmaker, who attained fame after defeating the No. 4 House Democrat in a primary upset, said subpoenas would have to be issued to find out what happened "because people in this administration are not cooperating". I complied with all the different investigations, whether it be the Senate, the House or the Special Counsel.

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