Published: Sun, April 07, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dozens granted White House clearance despite concerns, security official says

Dozens granted White House clearance despite concerns, security official says

In a White House "where aggressive leak investigations are conducted in service of President Trump, who has aides sign nondisclosure agreements, Ms. Newbold's account represents the rarest of developments: a damning on-the-record account from a current employee inside its ranks".

Cummings also said his committee is working with a White House whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, who he said knows of more than two-dozen individuals allowed access to national security information despite recommendations that their clearance applications be denied.

Republican members of the House Oversight Committee on Monday afternoon responded to the concerns of a security clearance whistleblower by saying she testified that "only 4-5" of the "at least 25 people" mentioned posed potentially "very serious" problems. She said she was concerned that many of her determinations that employees were ineligible for security clearances had been overturned outside of the normal process.

Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Monday that the first target of the Committee would be Newbold's former supervisor Carl Kline.

Cummings re-sent the request in March after The New York Times reported that Trump intervened to get Kushner his security clearance over the objections of top security officials. The basis for Cummings's alleged national security concerns also stem from highly questionable circumstances. Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, worked at the White House for over a year on an interim security clearance. The security clearance vote passed along party lines, while one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash of MI, voted with Democrats on the Census question.

The White House has not commented on the testimony.

The committee move ramps up pressure on the White House over its handling of security clearances, an issue that came into public view past year with the revelation that dozens of staffers had temporary approvals to access sensitive government information while they awaited clearance approval. In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Abby Hunstman in February, Ivanka Trump said " the president had no involvement pertaining to my clearance or my husband's clearance, zero".

"Over the last few years that I've been here, I've been accused of all different types of things, and all of those things have turned out to be false", Kushner said Monday evening on Fox News when asked about Newbold's allegations.

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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.

But Cummings said Kline will not answer questions about specific security clearance applications or violations - details the chairman wants.

Cummings' April 1 announcement was made shortly after Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee announced a hearing of their own on April 3 to formally authorize subpoenas for special counsel Robert Mueller's full report, even though Mueller found no evidence of wrongdoing by Trump or his campaign.

"Really, what is next, putting nuclear codes in Instagram DMs?"

The GOP members of the committee called Cummings's decision to move forward with the investigation into Newbold's claims "reckless".

In keeping with the now-debunked specter of Russian collusion, Cummings said that a legal deposition is a critical starting point in a new national security probe because "the nation's most highly guarded secrets were provided to officials who should not have had access to them".

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