A White House whistleblower instructed lawmakers that extra than two dozen denials for security clearances have been overturned in the course of the Trump administration, calling Congress her “last hope” for addressing what she considers improper conduct that has left the nation’s secrets and techniques uncovered.
Tricia Newbold, a longtime White House security adviser, instructed the House Oversight and Reform Committee that she and her colleagues issued “dozens” of denials for security clearance functions that were later authorized regardless of their issues about blackmail, overseas affect or different crimson flags, in line with panel paperwork launched Monday.
Newbold, an 18-year veteran of the security clearance course of who has served below each Republican and Democratic presidents, mentioned she warned her superiors that clearances “were not all the time adjudicated in the most effective curiosity of nationwide security” — and was retaliated in opposition to for doing so.
Newbold’s allegations intensify strain on the White House over its dealing with of security clearances, an argument that burst into public view final 12 months with the revelation that dozens of staffers had non permanent approvals to entry delicate authorities info whereas they awaited clearance approval.
Among them was presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, who President Trump in the end demanded be granted a everlasting top-secret clearance, regardless of the issues of intelligence officers.