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Official who green-lit Kushner’s security clearance will testify after GOP bows to White House demands: report

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Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner obtained top security clearance despite serious opposition from career officials who saw multiple conflicts of interest.

Now, the official who overrode the objections of security officials is set to be interviewed by staff for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the Daily Beast reports.

Carl Kline initially refused to testify before the committee without lawyers from the White House Counsel’s office. They claimed concerns over executive privilege.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) moved to hold him in contempt, but Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who also sits on the committee, wrote a letter inviting Kline to an interview — with White House lawyers present.

Kline agreed and is set to appear on the Hill on May 1st.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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