Oversight/Intel Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Re: 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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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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

WaPo
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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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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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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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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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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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:12 pm

Politico
House Dems authorize subpoenas for top White House officials' private communications

The House Oversight and Reform Committee voted on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for senior White House officials’ communications via private email accounts and messaging applications, a significant escalation in a years-long, bipartisan effort to learn more about potential violations of federal record-keeping laws.

Thursday’s vote by the Democrat-led panel came after the White House refused to turn over the messages voluntarily earlier this month — including senior adviser Jared Kushner’s WhatsApp communications with foreign officials, senior adviser Ivanka Trump’s use of a private email account to conduct official business, and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s use of a personal mobile device for White House business.

Democrats have raised concerns that those practices violate the Presidential Records Act.

“It makes clear that White House records belong to the public — not the president,” Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said. “The committee has already received evidence of multiple senior officials using their personal accounts to conduct official business.”

On a party-line vote, the committee authorized Cummings to subpoena all communications sent or received since President Donald Trump took office that were not forwarded to official email accounts within 20 days, as required by law. Cummings can also subpoena information about whether those messages contained classified information.

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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Kendra » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:43 pm

What a wild discussion that was on CSpan 3. Gym Joradan and Hillary's emails. Still watching :popcorn:

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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:43 am

BuzzFeed News: Matthew Whitaker’s Conflict Of Interest Forms Weren't Screened Until Just Before Trump Put Him In Charge Of The DOJ. They Were Incomplete.

A Justice Department official said that because of an “administrative error,” no one vetted Whitaker’s financial disclosure forms for nearly a year while he served as then–attorney general Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.

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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by tek » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:57 am

"administrative error"

Bullshit.
There's no way back
from there to here

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Re: Oversight Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:22 am

CNN
2017 US extracted top spy from inside Russia to protect him from Trump Leaks

Wide concerns about Trump in intelligence community


The removal happened at a time of wide concern in the intelligence community about mishandling of intelligence by Trump and his administration. Those concerns were described to CNN by five sources who served in the Trump administration, intelligence agencies and Congress.

Those concerns continued to grow in the period after Trump's Oval Office meeting with Kislyak and Lavrov. Weeks after the decision to extract the spy, in July 2017, Trump met privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Hamburg and took the unusual step of confiscating the interpreter's notes. Afterward, intelligence officials again expressed concern that the President may have improperly discussed classified intelligence with Russia, according to an intelligence source with knowledge of the intelligence community's response to the Trump-Putin meeting.

Knowledge of the Russian covert source's existence was highly restricted within the US government and intelligence agencies. According to one source, there was "no equal alternative" inside the Russian government, providing both insight and information on Putin.

CNN is withholding several details about the spy to reduce the risk of the person's identification.

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Re: Oversight/Intel Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by Addie » Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:24 pm

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Trump’s communications with foreign leader are part of whistleblower complaint that spurred standoff between spy chief and Congress, former officials say

The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump’s communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Trump’s interaction with the foreign leader included a “promise” that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

It was not immediately clear which foreign leader Trump was speaking with or what he pledged to deliver, but his direct involvement in the matter has not been previously disclosed. It raises new questions about the president’s handling of sensitive information and may further strain his relationship with U.S. spy agencies. One former official said the communication was a phone call. ...

Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was credible and troubling enough to be considered a matter of “urgent concern,” a legal threshold that ordinarily requires notification of congressional oversight committees.

But acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire has refused to share details about Trump’s alleged transgression with lawmakers, touching off a legal and political dispute that has spilled into public and prompted speculation that the spy chief is improperly protecting the president.

The dispute is expected to escalate Thursday when Atkinson is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a classified session closed to the public. The hearing is the latest move by committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) to compel U.S. intelligence officials to disclose the full details of the whistleblower complaint to Congress.

Maguire has agreed to testify before the committee next week, according to a statement by Schiff. He declined to comment for this story.

The inspector general “determined that this complaint is both credible and urgent,” Schiff said in the statement released Wednesday evening. “The committee places the highest importance on the protection of whistleblowers and their complaints to Congress.”
Adding:
ABC News: Top intelligence official to brief Congress on whistleblower complaint
Mother Jones - Kevin Drum: Whistleblower: Trump Is a National Security Threat

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