Jared Kushner Denied Security Clearance, Political Appointee Overruled

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland

Jesse Luis Magana Associated Press House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland

In a letter to the White House on Monday, Cummings said Newbold detailed the cases of three anonymous "senior White House officials" whose clearances career officials recommended should be denied, though the White House went ahead and granted clearances to two of the three unnamed individuals.

Last year, President Donald Trump directed his then-chief of staff, John Kelly, to give Kushner a top-secret security clearance, despite concerns expressed by career intelligence officers.

Newbold, 39, told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned by Trump administration officials.

In one case, she said that a senior White House official was denied a clearance after a background check turned up concerns about possible foreign influence; "employment outside or businesses external to what your position at the E.O.P. entails"; and the official's personal conduct. Are some of them putting their financial interests ahead of our national security?

Previous year the Post reported, citing unnamed sources, that foreign officials from the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico had allegedly discussed ways to influence Kushner by leveraging his business dealings and lack of foreign policy experience.

Tom Hasan tweeted: "I think Kushner meant "more felons in the White House are Republicans".

"We've had a lot of insane accusations, like we colluded with Russian Federation".

Then, the media got another big story wrong, the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into a theory that relied heavily on unsubstantiated rumors compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who was paid by Clinton.

Brooke Rollins, a senior staffer at the White House Office of American Innovation, has also played a role in the meetings, a meeting attendee said.

And when she pressed the issues, Kline and others retaliated against her, she said, including suspending her without pay for two weeks in early February. "There is no way on the oversight committee we can do our job".

Gisele Dionne, Newbold's former teacher and now the superintendent of the Madawaska School Department, said her former student had always shown grit in the face of adversity. Republicans were notified Friday afternoon before the nine-hour Saturday session with Newbold. "Your letter has provided less than one business day to comply with an ultimatum: the Department must waive its good faith and legally grounded assertions of confidentiality and privilege or the Committee will issue a subpoena". After the allegations became public, the Washington Post reports Kushner granted an interview with Fox News to defend the White House's practices.

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".

Republicans concurred with that assessment Tuesday. His first form had no foreign names on it even though people applying for a security clearance need to list any contact with foreign governments.

Newbold also accused Kline of telling her to, in effect, stand down when she and another colleague raised concerns about another senior White House official.

Cummings said he launched the investigation in January "in response to grave breaches of national security at the highest levels of the Trump Administration".

"We don't want thousands of pieces of paper, we want specific ... documents we've asked for", Cummings said. "Not when there are such serious allegations of a breach to national security". "This is ridiculous", said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

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