A group of Democratic senators are calling for an investigation into White House security clearance procedures following the resignation of a top aide who has been accused of domestic abuse.
Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGovernment watchdog finds safety gaps in assisted living homes David Crosby: Shared dislike for Trump could reunite Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Dem senators tell Trump he doesn’t have ‘legal authority’ to launch preemptive strike on North Korea MORE (Mass.) and Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoGreen group backs Sens. Baldwin, Nelson for reelection WHIP LIST: Shutdown looms as Senate lacks votes to pass House spending bill Dem senator: Trump ‘made clear’ that he wants ‘white people to come to our country’ MORE (Hawaii) sent a letter to Wayne Stone, the acting inspector general for the intelligence community, requesting an investigation into the administration’s process for granting security clearances.
The letter questions the White House’s “apparent low and inconsistent threshold” for granting clearance, and specifically points to what the senators call a “failure to seriously vet senior Trump Administration officials — including Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerMeghan McCain: Melania is ‘my favorite Trump, by far’ Dem lawmaker to Trump: ‘How dare you lecture us about treason’ Husband of former Trump family personal aide joins EPA: report MORE, Michael Flynn, and Rob Porter.”
Porter, who announced his resignation on Wednesday, had not been granted full security clearance while at the White House, reportedly after the FBI was made aware of the allegations and a protective order from one of his ex-wives.
“Members of the Senate have sent several requests for information to the administration seeking clarification on the security clearance review process,” the letter read. “We are concerned over the apparent low and inconsistent threshold the Trump White House uses for obtaining an interim security clearance.”
A group of ranking Democrats from three powerful House committees sent a similar letter in January seeking information specifically about senior White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, after it was reported that he was still using a temporary security clearance.
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