Amid Rob Porter Fallout, CNN Reports ‘Dozens’ of WH Officials Lack Full Security Clearance
JUST IN: Thirty to 40 White House officials and administration political appointees are still operating without full security clearances, including Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, sources say https://t.co/hyyqmVx6Iz pic.twitter.com/v8P3iOQdQp
— CNN (@CNN) February 9, 2018
One of the minor facets of the ongoing Rob Porter White House scandal was that he did not receive full security clearance. And he is apparently far from the only one.
According to CNN, there are dozens of White House officials––roughly 30 to 40––”still operating without full security clearances.”
And yes, that includes Jared Kushner:
The White House claims that the backlog of interim security clearances is a procedural consequence of the review process carried out by the FBI and White House Office of Security, which can take time to complete.
But several sources, including intelligence officials who have served previous Democratic and GOP administrations, describe the backlog as very unusual and make clear that the process should have been completed after a year in office.
Separately, there is a Washington Post report tonight saying some White House officials “have been so vexed by Jared Kushner’s months-long inability to obtain a permanent security clearance that they have hesitated to get involved in other cases with potential problems.”
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