The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee has launched a new probe into alleged “grave” breaches of national security in the security clearance process with the White House and Trump transition team, in the panel’s latest move to ramp up Trump-focused investigations.
Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., announced the plans to launch an “in-depth” investigation of the process, seeking information about reports of security clearance issues involving multiple current and former Trump administration officials.
“The goals of this investigation are to determine why the White House and Transition Team appear to have disregarded established procedures for safeguarding classified information, evaluate the extent to which the nation’s most highly guarded secrets were provided to officials who should not have had access to them, and develop reforms to remedy the flaws in current White House systems and practices,” Cummings said in a statement Wednesday.
The committee is seeking information on clearance issues involving a number of current and former Trump administration officials—specifically, former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, National Security Adviser John Bolton, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, former deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka, among others.
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