Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 08, 2019 4:15 pm

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Talking Points Memo
Schumer Wants Ousted Secret Service Chief To Testify On Mar-A-Lago ‘Vulnerabilities’

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Monday called for ousted Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles to testify before Congress concerning what Schumer called “potential security vulnerabilities” at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club “and other counterintelligence and national security threats.”

Read Schumer’s statement below:
“The outgoing Secret Service director must testify before Congress as soon as possible about the potential security vulnerabilities at Mar-a-Lago involving a Chinese national arrested with malware, and other counterintelligence and national security threats. The public and Congress need to know the extent to which adversarial governments – like China – and their agents are attempting to gain access to, or conduct electronic surveillance on, conversations or other information regarding national security at President Trump’s properties.”

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Post by Addie » Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:09 pm

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House panel moves to hold former White House official in contempt after he obeys Trump administration’s instruction not to testify

The House Oversight Committee moved Tuesday to hold a former White House personnel security director in contempt of Congress for failing to appear at a hearing investigating alleged lapses in White House security clearance procedures.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said he would consult with the House counsel and members of the panel about scheduling a vote on contempt for former White House personnel security director Carl Kline. At the instruction of the White House, Kline failed to show up for scheduled testimony on security clearances.

The move marks a dramatic escalation of tensions between Congress and the Trump White House, which is increasingly resisting requests for information from Capitol Hill.

“The White House and Mr. Kline now stand in open defiance of a duly authorized congressional subpoena with no assertion of any privilege of any kind by President Trump,” Cummings said in a statement. “Based on these actions, it appears that the President believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate their legal obligations, and that he may obstruct attempts by Congress to conduct oversight.” ...

White House deputy counsel Michael M. Purpura wrote a letter Monday instructing Kline, who now works at the Defense Department, not to show up for a scheduled deposition before the committee Tuesday.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:39 am

The Hill
Oversight calls for administration docs on security clearance overhaul

The House Oversight Committee on Monday requested that Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper hand over by July 8 documents and communications related to Trump administration changes to the security clearance process.

The House panel requested the documents following President Trump’s April 24 executive order reclassifying background investigations from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to the newly created Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, with the transition required to be complete by September 30.

This transition, the letter notes, will reportedly require the transfer of about 10,000 employees and contractors associated with the OPM’s National Background Investigation Bureau as well as the transfer of the National Background Investigations Bureau's existing contracts.

“Troubling reports have emerged that the transfer may not be on track,” the letter states. “Moreover, there is concern that the transfer will not occur within the necessary timeframe.”

The committee’s letter requests all documents referring or relating to the transition, as well as a list of all entities involved in the transition and all documents relating to justifications for the transfer or the estimated costs.

The House panel requested similar documentation from the head of the OPM.

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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:51 pm

Newsweek
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Every Trump Administration Official Accused of Using Personal Email for Work

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday expanded an investigation into personal email use by Trump administration members to include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, bringing the number of officials under scrutiny to eight.

President Donald Trump has brushed aside accusations of his officials using their personal emails, while never retracting his blistering criticism of his 2016 election opponent Hillary Clinton who used a private email server while she was secretary of state. Trump criticized Clinton's private email use as an effort to hide illicit activity, but has not called out any wrongdoing by his own team.

Here are the Trump administration members who are being probed for private email use:

Betsy DeVos

DeVos was added to House Democrats' personal email probe after "disturbing new revelations" about her personal email use from the Education Department's inspector general in May, Cummings wrote in a letter to her.

According to the new records, DeVos "withheld from the Committee information it has been seeking on a bipartisan basis over the past two years," Cummings wrote, and requested the documents by July 29. ...

Ivanka Trump

The first daughter and senior White House adviser used a personal account to send hundreds of government business emails to Cabinet members, White House aides and her assistants, people familiar with her emails told The Washington Post in November 2018.

"While transitioning into government, after she was given an official account but until the White House provided her the same guidance they had given others who started before she did, Ms. Trump sometimes used her personal account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family," Peter Mirijanian, a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's attorney Abbe Lowell, said in a statement.

Cummings in a July 1 letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone requested all communications by White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, who sent or received emails on government business through their personal accounts but did not forward them to their work accounts within 20 days as required by the Presidential Records Act. The chairman suggested that his requests in December 2018 and March 2019 were ignored.

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