CNN reported on Wednesday that over 100 staffers in the Executive Office of the President who were operating on interim security clearances.
Top administration officials working without a security clearance included ousted senior staffer Rob Porter, senior advisors Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, the special assistant to the president for national security affairs and the National Security Council’s senior director for international cybersecurity.
“The security clearance process is critical to keeping America’s secrets,” former congressman Mike Rogers told CNN. “Foreign intelligence services look for vulnerabilities in individuals with access to our most sensitive information. Not following the process is a disservice not only to the individual but to our countries security interests.”
“It’s unusual that so many have taken so long,” he said.