CNN’s Gloria Borger: Whistleblower Raising ‘Huge Red Flag’ About WH Security Clearance Process
A CNN panel this afternoon covered the concerning “red flags” raised by a whistleblower to Congress regarding the White House security clearance process.
Tricia Newbold told the House Oversight Committee that the White House allegedly overturned 25 security clearance denials.
The committee, chaired by Congressman Elijah Cummings, is still requesting information on the security clearance process from the White House. Ranking Member Jim Jordan has accused Democrats of “cherry-picking” Newbold’s testimony, saying that she testified that “only 4-5 of her unfavorable 25 adjudications were for ‘very serious reasons.'”
On CNN this afternoon, Borger said that the number of people Newbold mentions raises “a huge red flag about what’s going on with the process inside the White House.”
“One of the problems inside this White House,” she added, “is that so many of these people have never had any government experience before. So many of these people have never been vetted before by the federal government for any kind of position or job. And so whether there’s a… conflict with foreign investment, for example, or drug use or whatever it is, these are people who have not been in government before. So red flags haven’t been raised in the past because they were never cleared before. So you may have more than you would normally have, but this notion of this many people with red flags, some of whom were cleared, I think is really troubling.”
You can watch above, via CNN.
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