Dozens of Trump aides given security clearance despite warnings

Sunday, 07 Apr, 2019

As a result, she warned that security clearance applications for White House officials "were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security".

Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Kushner by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former USA officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.

"According to Ms Newbold, these individuals had a wide range of serious disqualifying issues involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct", the memo says. "E.O.P." refers to the executive office of the president. They've gone from "lock her up" to "only 4-5" potentially "very serious" security risks and "Ms. Newbold's concerns seem overblown". "I've sat for almost 20 hours of interviews with them", he said. But Kline overruled their determination.

According to the New York Times, the relationship has been a cause for concern for senior American officials, particularly following the 2 October killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It's likely that one of these unnamed officials is Jared Kushner, given prior reporting.

Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner on Monday dismissed concerns raised by a whistleblower about the White House's security clearance process, saying President Trump's administration has faced "a lot of insane accusations" during the past two years.

Newbold also was targeted for retaliation after declining to approve applications based on national security protocols, Cummings said. What is the motivation behind the president's decision to overrule his own security and intelligence experts? The subpoena will be for the deposition of Carl Kline, who served as the White House personnel security director and supervised Newbold. As Politico notes, Trump has repeatedly said that he doesn't oppose legal immigration and has even applauded Canada's merit-based system as one the US should adopt, he said.

The White House should stop stonewalling and cooperate with the committee if it wants to dispel the impression that it has doled out security clearances irresponsibly to individuals who don't deserve them.

Porter resigned after the allegations becoming public.

The White House has previously denied anything improper about the security clearance process. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), however, sees it as a "partisan attack on the White House".

The veteran White House security adviser testified to the Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee. "He's had a great team in place helping to implement it and I hope I've played a good part in pushing those objectives forward", Kusner replied.

Some social media users mocked Kushner's claim.

And on Monday evening, he implied that his business dealings had contributed to the lengthiness of the vetting process. "I had extensive holdings. I know that this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office", she is quoted as saying in the letter. "We followed all that". Yahoo News reported Monday that President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, are among the officials involved.

We do not yet have more details about what precisely raised red flags in the personnel security office about Kushner.

Trump's son-in-law explained that the threat was just the president's way of pressuring people.

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