Much of the discussion in the aftermath of the Rob Porter scandal has centered on White House security clearances. Porter did not have a full clearance. And last week, it was reported that “30 to 40” White House officials lacked the permanent clearance. Two new reports from CNN and NBC indicate that the number is actually much higher — and it includes several prominent names.
Among those without permanent clearances; White House counsel Don McGahn, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, and — yes — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
Former Republican congressman Mike Rogers — a one-time House Intelligence Committee chairman — told CNN that the delay was uncommon.
“It’s unusual that so many have taken so long,” Rogers said.
NBC News noted in its report that, according to legal experts, the delay in the issuance of full clearances does not necessarily mean there is “something problematic in an indivdual’s background” — as was the case with Rob Porter.
Still, several Senate Democrats including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently penned a letter requesting information on the clearance process — as they are concerned about those on the interim clearance having access to materials such as the President’s daily security briefing.
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