A White House official turned whistleblower says dozens of people in President Donald Trump's administration were granted access to classified information despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds including concerns about foreign influence, drug use and criminal conduct.
"As a result, she warned that security clearance applications for White House officials 'were not always adjudicated in the best interest of national security,'" Cummings writes.
He added, "When I came to Washington, I had a very successful business career".
"I feel that right now this is my last hope to really bring the integrity back into our office". "I said I absolutely would not", Newbold said.
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. I've sat for almost 20 hours of interviews with them.
Newbold also was targeted for retaliation after declining to approve applications based on national security protocols, Cummings said.
This is completely within the president's power, "but in most cases the Personnel Security Office (where Newbold works) makes a determination about whether to grant one after the Federal Bureau of Investigation has conducted a background check", the Times wrote.
"Now we're going to subpoena the guy", Jordan said. "Talk to one person, and then issue a big press statement so you can get some headlines?" Newbold has worked in the White House for 18 years.
Jordan, a Freedom Caucus co-founder, is the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
Cummings doubled down on the supposed necessity of the subpoenas because the Trump administration is "stonewalling". The subpoenas also allow for an interview of Justice Department official John Gore.
Two sources familiar with the information obtained by the Oversight Committee said two of those three senior officials are Ivanka Trump and Kushner, her husband.
"This is completely insecure, and the issue with that as we saw in the lead up to say many attacks and so many issues when we have so many channels of communication anything can get hacked, and if we don't know what hostile forces know about us, then we are putting thousands of lives at risk", Ocasio-Cortez said.
Without naming him, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., railed against Kushner's use of WhatsApp to communicate with acquaintances overseas, an allegation made by a committee Democrat who spoke with his lawyer about the matter a year ago.
Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, the top Republican on the Oversight committee, said Cummings cherry-picked information, claiming that Newbold's list of 25 people includes "non-political officials such as a GSA custodian", according to Politico.
The oversight committee's ranking Republican, Jim Jordan of OH, says the committee's probe is a "partisan attack" and an "excuse to go fishing" through personnel files.
Trump told the Times earlier this year he "was never involved in his [Jared's] security" clearance.
"I want it known that this is a systematic. issue", she said.
Kushner also spoke to other controversies that he described as "conspiracy theories". "All of those things have turned out to be false", he responded, before bringing up "a lot of insane accusations that we colluded with Russian Federation".
"I complied with all of the different investigations, whether it be the Senate, the House, the special counsel".
Democrats have made repeated requests for documents and interviews but say the White House has been stonewalling.
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