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Trump admin reversed 25 security clearance denials: Whistleblower

WASHINGTON: A White House whistleblower has said the Trump administration overruled safety experts to present questionable safety clearances to greater than two dozen other people, together with the president's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Tricia Newbold, a White House safety adviser, advised Democrats in Congress that clearances had been to start with denied to dozens of administration officials as a result of issues over conceivable overseas affect, conflicts of interests, questionable or legal behavior, financial issues or drug abuse. She said President Donald Trump's former White House staff safety director, Carl Kline, for my part overruled the occupation officials' judgments within the cases of two senior officials.

Newbold's allegations had been laid out in a letter despatched to the White House on Monday and launched by means of Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee. "I would not be doing a service to myself, my country, or my children if I sat back knowing that the issues that we have could impact national security," his letter quoted Newbold as telling his committee. "I feel that right now this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office." Cummings said he plans to subpoena Kline and warned that more subpoenas could be issued if the White House does now not supply requested paperwork.

In his letter to the White House, Cummings referred to 3 unnamed "senior White House officials" whose safety clearance cases are addressed in some detail by means of Newbold. Two sources aware of the information bought by means of the Oversight Committee said two of those 3 senior officials are Ivanka Trump and Kushner, her husband.

The White House didn't instantly respond to a request for remark. Abbe Lowell, an attorney who represents Kushner and Ivanka Trump, had no remark.

Jim Jordan, the highest Republican at the House committee, issued a commentary calling the letter a "partisan attack" that used to be "an excuse to go fishing through the personal files of dedicated public servants."

Cummings said Newbold, a manager within the White House staff safety place of work, said she used to be targeted for retaliation after declining to approve packages in keeping with national safety protocols. "I'm terrified of going back. I know that this will not be perceived in favour of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office," she is quoted as announcing within the letter Cummings despatched to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.

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