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White House Official Makes Big Security Clearance Allegation

Tricia Newbold says 25 names were cleared despite 'disqualifying issues'

(Newser) - A career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Trump's administration were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds, such as concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct. Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee who oversees the issuance... More »

White House: Dems Can't See Kushner Clearance Documents

Lawyer calls request 'radically intrusive'

(Newser) - The White House says it isn't going to comply with a "radically intrusive" request from Democrats to see documents related to the controversial top-secret security clearance of Jared Kushner. In a letter to the House Oversight Committee, White House counsel Pat Cippolone argued that the committee did not... More »

Report: Trump Ordered Kelly to 'Fix' Kushner Security Clearance

Dems threaten to subpoena White House

(Newser) - House Democrats vowed to step up their investigation of White House security clearances amid reports that President Trump demanded a top-secret security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner. Sources tell the New York Times that Trump ordered former chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner the clearance last year despite... More »

Report Suggests 'New Intrigue' Over Top Secret Clearances

Sources tell NBC News rejections have been overruled more than 30 times

(Newser) - Both the White House and the CIA told NBC News that they don't comment on security clearances—but two sources who are reportedly privy to such information did. They tell the network that two "career White House security specialists" branded Jared Kushner's top secret clearance "unfavorable,... More »

House Democrats Probing White House Security Clearances

House Oversight and Reform Committee takes direct aim at close Trump aides

(Newser) - A powerful House committee now led by Democrats is opening an investigation into how security clearances have been handled in President Donald Trump's White House and 2016 presidential transition, the AP reports. The inquiry by the House Oversight and Reform Committee takes direct aim at some of those closest... More »

State Dept. Pulls Clinton's Security Clearance

And she requested that it be revoked

(Newser) - The State Department has pulled Hillary Clinton's security clearance, and she wanted it that way. A Sept. 21 letter from the State Dept. to Sen. Chuck Grassley says the clearance was revoked on Aug. 30, Politico reports. The letter doesn't say why Clinton opted out, but she made... More »

Trump: I 'Hope' Brennan Sues Me

President calls him a 'hack'

(Newser) - Former CIA director John Brennan on Sunday revealed that he has consulted with lawyers and may sue President Trump in the wake of his security clearance being revoked. Trump's response on Monday was essentially: Bring it on. "I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’... More »

Brennan Says He'll Fight Trump on Security Clearance

'I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future'

(Newser) - Former CIA director John Brennan says he plans to fight back against President Trump's revoking of his security clearance , which he considers an attempt to intimidate him and other current and former government officials, the Guardian reports. Brennan told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that he has... More »

Man Who Oversaw bin Laden Raid: Take My Clearance, Too

William McRaven joins others criticizing president's John Brennan decision

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to strip former CIA chief—and frequent Trump critic—John Brennan of his security clearance apparently isn't sitting well in the intelligence community. A dozen former top senior officials, including former CIA chiefs, have signed a letter condemning the move, reports CBS News . "[W]e... More »

John Brennan Has a Word for Trump

'Hogwash,' writes the former CIA chief after his security clearance is pulled

(Newser) - Former CIA chief John Brennan is lashing back at President Trump after being stripped of his security clearance . Trump's denials of any collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election are "hogwash," Brennan writes in the New York Times . He uses the same word to describe Russia'... More »

Trump Yanks Brennan's Security Clearance

White House says former CIA director has made 'outrageous allegations'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is following through on his threat to revoke the security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, the White House said Wednesday. "Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly... More »

Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Comes With a Catch

He hasn't been granted access to nation's top secrets

(Newser) - In May, it seemed the issue of Jared Kushner's downgraded security clearance had been resolved . Not entirely, the Washington Post is now reporting, citing two people who say Kushner's permanent clearance gives him only "top-secret" status. That means the senior White House adviser, also President Trump's... More »

Jared Kushner Clears a Big FBI Milestone

Presidential son-in-law receives his permanent security clearance

(Newser) - It took a while, but presidential son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner has received his permanent security clearance, reports the New York Times . Kushner had been stripped of his top-level clearance in February as the White House tightened policy in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal , notes CNN . But... More »

Report: Trump Aide Lost Job Over Gambling Habit

John McEntee bet tens of thousands at a time, sources say

(Newser) - One of President Trump's longest-serving aides was fired and escorted off the White House grounds so quickly Tuesday that he didn't have time to get his jacket. Sources tell the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal that John McEntee, 27, was fired after being denied a security... More »

Report: Trump Family Irked by Mocking Coverage of Kushner

As 'Washington Post' reports on 4 nations who may have targeted him as an easy mark

(Newser) - Wednesday brought the news that Jared Kushner's security clearance was downgraded from interim Top Secret/SCI-level clearance—the highest level—to the Secret level, and the Washington Post is out with a report that suggests a reason why he had been unable to secure a permanent clearance at the highest... More »

Kushner's Security Clearance Downgraded

President's son-in-law will lose access to top-secret intelligence

(Newser) - Jared Kushner and other White House aides are having their security clearances downgraded, three sources tell Politico . In the wake of the Rob Porter scandal , which uncovered the fact that many White House aides had access to top secret information despite not having received permanent security clearances, White House chief... More »

Kushner's Security Clearance Just Got More Complicated

Justice Department warns White House it needs more time to investigate

(Newser) - Jared Kushner may be a top adviser to President Trump, but his authority to view classified information is looking dicier by the day. In fact, it may already have been revoked. As part of chief of staff John Kelly's newly tightened restrictions in the wake of the Rob Porter... More »

Kushner, Ivanka Trump Lacked Permanent Security Clearance

And they're far from alone in Trump's White House

(Newser) - As of November, Ivanka Trump didn't have a permanent security clearance. Neither did Jared Kushner or Sarah Huckabee Sanders. They were among more than 130 political appointees working in the Executive Office of the President with only some form of temporary security clearance by President Trump's 10th month... More »

Top-Secret Clearances for Trump's Kids? Maybe

Giuliani rumored to be Trump's pick for State

(Newser) - Is the Trump administration going to be a family affair? Nepotism rules prevent Donald Trump from hiring his children to serve in his administration, but sources tell CBS News that the president-elect is already looking into getting top-secret security clearances for his children, a move that, for now, would have... More »

Navy Yard Gunman Lied During Security Check

Navy didn't know 2004 arrest involved a gun

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times sheds more light on how Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was able to get secret-level security clearance from the Navy, despite the fact that he had been arrested in 2004 for an incident involving a gun. Alexis did not mention the incident on the security questionnaire... More »

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