It has been a painfully long 384 days since Trump took Office and the Washington Post reports there are still Dozens of White House Employees without Permanent Security Clearance.
Dozens of White House Employees are awaiting Permanent Security Clearances and have been working for Months with Temporary Approvals to handle Sensitive Information while the FBI Continues to Probe their Backgrounds, according to U.S. Officials.
People familiar with the Security-Clearance process said one of those White House officials with an Interim Approval is Jared Kushner, the President’s Son-in-Law and one of his most Influential Advisers.
One Lawyer who noted it isn’t Unusual for the Process to take several Months. But, a Year? Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th District) wants Answers from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-4th District), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
“Mr. Porter’s case is only the latest example of requests made by Democratic Members to conduct oversight of the security clearance process,” Cummings wrote. “You have also refused requests to obtain documents regarding the security clearances of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, his son Michael Flynn Jr., Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner, and others.”
Christopher Lu, a former Aide to President Obama, said that it would be highly unusual for someone to be working Directly with the President, having Access to and Handling our Nation’s most Sensitive Information for Months on end, in some Cases for more than a Year, without being Cleared first. Lu noted the FBI typically Prioritizes these Background Checks, as they should, because of the round-the-clock access to the President and Sensitive Information. He’s also calling for Congress to investigate why Rob Porter was allowed to stay on Staff despite the Accusations and Evidence he Abused his Two former wives.
Most importantly, was Trump aware and did he Personally Waive the Background Check to get Clearance for Porter?
An Interim Security Clearance, also known as "Interim Security eligibility", is based on the Completion of Minimum Investigative Requirements and Granted on a Temporary basis, pending the Completion of the Full Investigative requirements for the Final Secret Clearance.
When in the Air Force I had a Secret Clearance.
Interim Security Clearances can be issued quickly, but are not sufficient for Access to Special Categories of Classified information, such as COMSEC, NATO, and Restricted Data. The Personnel Security Branch will automatically consider Applicants/Employees who will occupy a Position designated as Non-Critical Sensitive or Critical Sensitive for an Interim Security Clearance. The Interim Security Clearance will be granted based on the favorable Completion of the Preliminary Checks that are accomplished as part of the Suitability and Security Clearance process.
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