Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Reportedly Was Denied By Concerned Career Officials


They suspended her in January for two weeks without pay for not following a new policy requiring that documents be scanned as separate PDF files rather than one single PDF file.

Newbold told the committee that the recommendations for denial were for serious questions involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, personal conduct issues, financial problems, drug use, and criminal acts. "E.O.P." refers to the executive office of the president.

Cummings said Newbold came forward at great personal risk because she feared Republican retaliation. In the case of the second senior White House official, Ms. Newbold told the committee that a specialist reviewing the clearance application wrote a 14-page memo detailing disqualifying concerns, including possible foreign influence.

She insisted during the interview that she loves her job and isn't disgruntled.

But another top House Democrat, Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, told VOA the career employees' security clearance reviews are "not something to be willy-nilly overturned by the president because he wants to give a family member clearance". But Kline overruled their determination. According to Cummings, Newbold said she is speaking out now because "this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office". Kline also approved a clearance for that unnamed official.

But she says Trump aides overturned those decisions.

At the heart of the controversy is Tricia Newbold, a career employee in the Personnel Security Office, who contacted congressional leaders to express what she called "grave" concerns. As Politico notes, Trump has repeatedly said that he doesn't oppose legal immigration and has even applauded Canada's merit-based system as one the US should adopt, he said.

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Ms Newbold refused, and the third official ultimately left the White House, the Democrats' memo said. However, public reporting offers many possible explanations.

The White House has been divided on immigration throughout Trump'spresidency between Miller's hard-line camp, which largely reflects Trump'sviews, and others - including Kushner and his wife, Ivanka Trump - who hold more moderate positions.

The bill does not mention Newbold or anyone else by name, and a member of Collins' staff said Monday night that the bill wasn't designed with a specific person in mind and was crafted to depoliticize the clearance process by ensuring that established guidelines are followed in every application for a security clearance. Cummings has warned that his panel will approve additional compulsory measures should the White House refuse to cooperate with his probe.

He told Fox host Laura Ingraham that he could not comment for the White House on the process, "but I can say over the last two years that I've been here, I've been accused of all different types of things and all of those things have turned out to be false".

"Well that was a big part, that was why I was exposed to the issue.my experience with my family situation was". Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, worked at the White House for over a year on an interim security clearance.

The 2007 Yorktown High School graduate expressed her outrage at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 2, calling for subpoenas for White House staffers because the administration is not cooperating with lawmakers.

MEE asked Cummings' office on Monday whether Newbold was specifically asked about Kushner during the 23 March interview and how she responded, but did not receive a response by time of publication. According to Ms. Newbold, Mr. Kline failed to address all of the disqualifying concerns listed by Ms. Newbold and the first-line adjudicator.