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  • Bolton responds after Tim Kaine questions security clearance over Russia gun video

    03/25/2018 5:15:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 25, 2018 | Samuel Chamberlain
    Incoming national security adviser John Bolton defended himself Sunday after a Democratic senator questioned whether he would be able to obtain the necessary security clearance over a video speech Bolton gave to a Russian pro-gun rights group in 2013. Bolton video 3min 15 sec On Saturday, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., tweeted out a National Public Radio report about the group Bolton spoke to, known as The Right To Bear Arms. The NPR report described one of the group's founders, Alexander Torshin, as an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who served as the deputy speaker of Russia's parliament for more...
  • Trump’s personal assistant fired over unspecified security issue

    03/13/2018 6:50:34 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 72 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Mar 13, 2018 | MICHAEL C.BENDER
    President Donald Trump’s personal assistant, John McEntee, was escorted out of the White House on Monday, two senior administration officials said. The cause of the firing was an unspecified security issue, said a third White House official with knowledge of the situation. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders declined to comment saying, “We don’t comment on personnel issues.” McEntee didn’t return a call seeking comment. McEntee was one of the longest-serving aides to Trump, dating back to the earliest days of the campaign...
  • BREAKING: Jared Kushner's Security Clearance Has Been Downgraded,

    02/27/2018 2:27:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Senior advisor to President Donald Trump, Jared Kusher -- who is also the president's son-in-law -- has officially lost the ability to review sensitive classified information after failing to obtain a permanent security clearance. Speculation surrounding whether Kushner's permanent security clearance, in addition to temporary clearances held by dozens of White House Staffers, would come through has been swirling for weeks. Last week President Trump said it was up to Chief of Staff John Kelly to determine whether his son-in-law would continue to review classified information. “That’ll be up to General Kelly. General Kelly respects Jared a lot and General Kelly will...
  • Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Issues Roiling White House

    02/21/2018 5:57:23 AM PST · by davikkm · 55 replies
    breitbart ^ | KRISTINA WONG
    The White House said Jared Kushner will not be affected by any policy changes made regarding security clearances, even though he still has an interim security clearance 13 months into the job. “Nothing that has taken place will affect the valuable work that Jared is doing,” Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at the White House briefing on Tuesday. Chief of Staff John Kelly last week ordered changes to how the White House manages security clearance investigations, after staffer Rob Porter continued to access top secret material even after claims of domestic abuse by two ex-wives were reported to the FBI....
  • Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

    02/14/2018 11:53:19 AM PST · by musicman · 20 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 5, 2017 2:16 pm | Adam Kredo
    A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration's diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration's efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House. Since that...
  • 100 ON WHITE HOUSE STAFF LACK CLEARANCE [Date: 03/14/94]

    02/14/2018 5:55:01 AM PST · by donna · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 14, 1994 | Ann Devroy
    White House officials now say that more than 100 staff members -- at least one of them with routine access to classified material -- have failed to obtain government security clearances, mostly because of "procrastination." White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is among what she said are about 10 percent of the 1,044 White House staff members who have not completed the FBI clearance process that produces the first level of clearance for access to classified material. Myers said she has routine access to secret material.
  • Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting

    Federal law enforcement agents working the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud probe said the couple, along with other members of the family, were never properly vetted for Congressional security clearances. Instead the clearances, which provided the Awans access to dozens of Congressional Democrats computer networks and IT systems, were likely approved absent each individual background file getting “fully investigated.” “I seriously doubt they could have passed a full background (check),” one FBI insider said. “These clearances were pushed through.” FBI insiders used the word “forged” to describe the process of what happened to the Awan files. Federal law enforcement...
  • [Dem] Congressional staffer charged with filing false security clearance forms

    10/11/2017 5:59:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/17 | Clarence Williams
    Prosecutors charged a top congressional staffer Wednesday with filing a false security clearance form nearly a year after he pled guilty to failing to pay taxes, officials said. The Justice Department alleges that Isaac Lanier Avant, chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Democratic staff director for the Homeland Security Committee, “willfully made a false statement” on security clearance forms in 2008 and 2013, officials said in a news release.
  • FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” ...Falsified Vetting

    09/12/2017 11:15:40 AM PDT · by wtd · 103 replies
    True Pundit ^ | September 12, 2017 | Investigative Bureau
    TruePundit: FBI: Awans Security Clearances “Forged;” Granted Access to Congressional Intel Despite Falsified Vetting Federal law enforcement agents working the Imran Awan and Hina Alvi fraud probe said the couple, along with other members of the family, were never properly vetted for Congressional security clearances. Instead the clearances, which provided the Awans access to dozens of Congressional Democrats computer networks and IT systems, were likely approved absent each individual background file getting “fully investigated.” “I seriously doubt they could have passed a full background (check),” one FBI insider said. “These clearances were pushed through.” FBI insiders used the word...
  • State Department probes Clinton handling of government emails, could pull her security clearance

    06/20/2017 2:32:17 PM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 20, 2017 | Malia Zimmerman
    The State Department has opened a formal inquiry into whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while she was the nation’s top diplomat, Fox News has learned. Despite being under investigation, Clinton and her staffers still have security clearances to access sensitive government information. The department’s investigation aims to determine whether Clinton and her closest aides violated government protocols by using her private server to receive, hold and transmit classified and top-secret government documents. The department declined to say when its inquiry began, but it follows the conclusion of the FBI’s probe into the...
  • Clinton, Top Aides Still Have State Dept. Security Clearances

    06/12/2017 5:57:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 06/12/17 | Madeleine Weast
    Hillary Clinton and seven of her top aides have retained their State Department security clearances a year after the FBI concluded they were "extremely careless" handling sensitive information. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed Clinton's current security clearance status on Friday. Grassley released the information to express concern about the State Department's slow bureaucratic process, Circa reported. "The State Department confirmed that it is continuing to review the mishandling of classified information that passed through Secretary Hillary Clinton's unauthorized email server as she and seven former aides retain access to sensitive information," Grassley's office...
  • Crooked Hillary STILL HAS SECURITY CLEARANCE One Year After FBI Concluded

    06/10/2017 12:40:37 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 47 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 10, 2017 | Cristina Laila
    Crooked Hillary Clinton and her top aides STILL have security clearance as the State Department continues to investigate her email scandal. It has been nearly a year since fired FBI Director James Comey said she had been reckless with secrets by using unsecured servers to transmit classified information. Circa News reports: “ The State Department is still investigating former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, meaning she and her top aides continue to keep their security clearances a year after the FBI concluded they recklessly transmitted top secret and other classified intelligence through an insecure email server.
  • Pentagon Pulls Security Clearance of Trump White House Aide: Political retribution by anti-Trumpers

    05/07/2017 10:09:33 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 4, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon this week suspended the security clearance of a White House National Security Council analyst that U.S. officials say was the target of political retribution by government bureaucrats opposed to President Trump's appointees. Adam S. Lovinger, a 12-year strategic affairs analyst with the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment (ONA), has been on loan to the NSC since January when he was picked for the position by then-National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn. Lovinger was notified in a letter from the Pentagon on Monday that his Top-Secret, Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) clearance had been suspended and that he had to...
  • Dems ask FBI to suspend Kushner's security clearance

    04/14/2017 9:18:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2017 11:58 AM EDT
    A group of House Democrats is asking the FBI to suspend White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance. In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, the lawmakers cited Jared Kushner’s failure to disclose some of his contacts with Russian government officials when he filled out an application for a security clearance. […] The Democrats noted that knowingly falsifying or concealing information on a clearance application is a felony. …
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The NSC Meeting…

    04/05/2017 10:19:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 5, 2017 | Sundance
    The anti-Trump media jumped into a level of gleeful frenzy today amid a required security filing noticing that Senior Trump Adviser Steve Bannon was no longer a member of the “principals committee” on the National Security Council. The hilarity cemented itself when competing media outlets were arguing about Steve Bannon being on the NSC, or being kicked-off the NSC, while Bannon walked past them en route to today’s NSC meeting. Wait, wha… huh? Yeah -{Insert Laugh Track HERE}- Nothing ever happens in a vacuum, and today is no exception. No, Steve Bannon is not being removed from the Senior advisory...
  • Hillary Clinton aides had access to State Dept. after she left, says key lawmaker

    03/30/2017 3:51:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 30, 2017 | Malia Zimmerman
    When Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State in 2013, she negotiated continuing access to classified and top-secret documents for herself and six staffers under the designation "research assistants," according to a powerful senator who notes that Clinton was later deemed "extremely careless" with such information. The staff apparently retained access even after Clinton announced her run for president in April 2015, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. The access was ostensibly granted to facilitate work on Clinton's memoir, but Grassley said he was only able to verify it after the Obama administration left the White House. “I have repeatedly...
  • Six Trump aides marched out of the White House for FAILING national security (trunc)

    02/17/2017 12:01:31 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 17 Feb 17 | David Mortosko
    Six White House staffers were marched out of the building on Thursday after they failed national security background checks. Politico reported that the unlucky half-dozen included one who was the president's director of scheduling. Caroline Wiles is also the daughter of Susan Wiles, a former chief of staff to Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Trump campaign's director in Florida.
  • A Muslim Brotherhood Security Breach in Congress

    02/07/2017 11:22:58 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 82 replies
    FrontPage ^ | February 8, 2017 | By Daniel Greenfield
    Last year, eight members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a demand that their staffers be granted access to top secret classified information. The signatories to the letter were Andre Carson, Luis Guiterez, Jim Himes, Terri Sewell, Jackie Speier, Mike Quigley, Eric Swalwell and Patrick Murphy. All the signatories were Democrats. Some had a history of attempting to undermine national security. Two of them have been linked to an emerging security breach. The office of Andre Carson, the second Muslim in Congress, had employed Imran Awan. As did the offices of Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz;...
  • Top White House Official Under Fire Over Denial of Security Clearance

    01/10/2017 6:41:40 AM PST · by Cheerio · 27 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 10, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Lawmakers and congressional insiders continue to raise questions about a senior Obama administration official and proponent of its Iran diplomacy following revelations he was denied interim security clearance before being given a senior role in the White House, according to conversations with multiple sources. The Washington Free Beacon first disclosed last week that Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who handled the administration’s efforts to mislead the public about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is being probed by Congress following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances. Lawmakers told the Free Beacon...
  • Congress Probes FBI Over Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

    01/05/2017 6:03:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 1/5/17 | Adam Kredo
    A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Ben Rhodes, a White House deputy national security adviser who led the administration’s efforts to mislead Congress about the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, is under scrutiny in the wake of disclosures he was declined interim clearance status by the FBI in 2008, when the administration was moving into the White House. Since that...