A White House whistleblower revealed that senior Trump administration officials intervened to grant security clearance to more than two dozen officials who were initially denied access to top-secret information.
Tricia Newbold, who works in the White House Personnel Security Office, told Congress last month that she kept a list of up to 25 people, some of whom had daily access to President Donald Trump, who had been granted access to highly sensitive material despite serious disqualifying issues such as foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use and criminal conduct.
Law enforcement and national security experts were aghast at the revelations.
I can see political officials coming to a different determination than career staff about drug use or financial pro… https://t.co/dgxRhLgGA8— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller) 1554128370.0
Imagine you are a foreign partner sharing intelligence with U.S. & you see that 25 people who were revoked a cleara… https://t.co/1LsJVa6J2t— Clint Watts (@Clint Watts) 1554129794.0
@jimsciutto So it appears the least secure place in the U.S. government is the White House. But then, we knew that, didn't we?— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1554127881.0
I get into a fiery rage when I recall Tricia Newbold's (the whistle blower re: the WH overturning security clearanc… https://t.co/PwYEbeCIr8— Cindy Otis (@Cindy Otis) 1554128259.0
Why was the White House Security office involved in adjudicating the clearance of a GSA custodian? That's not their… https://t.co/1ieIc45rq3— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1554131245.0
John Bolton, Trump's national security advisor, has taken money from the MeK, an illegitimate, brutal, cultish grou… https://t.co/S4J89XCIWK— Thomas Juneau (@Thomas Juneau) 1554130122.0
Trump gave security clearances to people whose issues involved conflicts of interest & vulnerability to blackmail (… https://t.co/CfayPIIhiy— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1554129016.0
BREAKING: Trump pressured John Kelly and McGahn to give Ivanka a security clearance. Trump didn’t want it to look l… https://t.co/05jNiPRIg9— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1554132583.0
This entire White House is a huge national security risk. Russia is only part of the problem. Cummings: Whistleblo… https://t.co/GAktk8mKkD— Richard W. Painter (@Richard W. Painter) 1554136998.0
Impossible to overstate how seriously the rest of the govt takes clearances. The most trivial of issues--eg student… https://t.co/buPNin8uBg— Ned Price (@Ned Price) 1554134358.0