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Whistleblower: Trump team overruled 25 security clearance denials
03 April 2019, 12:30 | Tara Lloyd
Whistle-blower: White House overruled 25 security clearances
For instance, she was concerned that Kline had approved President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner's top-secret clearance after it was rejected by two career White House security specialists.
She added that rejections occurred due to a variety of reasons, including "foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct".
"Earlier today, Chairman Cummings issued a press release and a memorandum using cherry-picked excerpts from Ms. Newbold's transcribed interview to release highly personal information to continue his partisan investigation of the White House", they said.
The documents, which are based on Newbold's March 23 private committee interview, don't identify the officials on the list but say they include "two current senior White House officials, as well as contractors and individuals" in different parts of the Executive Office of the President.
Cummings plans to hold a vote on whether to subpoena members of the White House on the security clearance matter.
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Newbold claims senior Trump administration officials overturned her recommendations to deny security clearances to some officials previous year.
"I feel that right now this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office".
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.
The White House has not commented on the testimony.
Cummings said the White House and Kline's lawyer on Monday responded he would voluntarily testify but would not answer questions about specific security clearance cases or violations.
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'I've been on this committee 10 years, I've never seen anything like this, ' he noted.
In a statement, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, accused Cummings of politicizing an issue that should be bipartisan.
The White House is fighting against any questioning regarding security clearances.
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".
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.
AOC then said that it was necessary to issue subpoenas to Trump administration officials because they were refusing to cooperate with basic oversight requests. "Official 3's" security clearance denial stuck after Newbold refused to change her recommendation to deny the application, according to the memo. Carl Kline, director of Trump's personnel security office, was said to have overruled these concerns. That clearance was also granted.
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