MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday explained the security clearance scandal in President Donald Trump’s White House.
“This is a super serious story and I want to make sure that you have seen this tonight. Again, this is broken within the last hour, it’s about something apparently quite unprecedented going on in the Trump White House when it comes to security clearances,” Maddow noted.
“Almost exactly a year ago, The New Yorker reported senior White House aide Jared Kushner was unable to obtain a security clearance for at least his first year working in the White House, when the president nevertheless was allowing the senior advisor to read the highly classified president’s daily brief every day while he couldn’t get a security clearance,” Maddow reminded.
“So we know the security clearance issue in the White House is a serious one and a live one,” she noted. “But what NBC News has just broken tonight is about how the White House has apparently been subverting the whole security clearance system — so they could give clearances to people who would otherwise be rejected.”
“It’s not just one here and there, it is according to this NBC News report tonight, it’s dozens of people including at the very highest levels at the White House, including Jared Kushner,” she explained.
Maddow read the opening of the NBC News report.
“Jared Kushner’s application for a top secret clearance was rejected by two career White House security specialists after an FBI background check raised concerns about potential foreign influence on him — but their supervisor overruled the recommendation and approved the clearance,” NBC reported.