A career official in the White House security office has blown the whistle on the White House, telling Congress that despite “disqualifying issues” in their backgrounds, the Trump administration overrode denials to grant security clearances to over two dozen individuals.
The testimony comes from Tricia Newbold, who has been employed by the government for 18 years, and had worked as a manager in the White House’s Personnel Security Office, and oversees the issuance of clearances for some senior White House aides.
Newbold told the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a private interview last month that 25 individuals had received security clearances despite prior denials. These 25 people include two current senior White House officials.
In February, Newbold was suspended by the White House after she blew the whistle by announcing that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was given a top-secret security clearance over the objections of its security staff.