Oversight/Intel Committees: Trump's Security Breaches

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Post by neeneko » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:42 pm

Addie wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:49 am
Vanity Fair: “This Is Kelly’s Way of Saying, ‘It’s Me or Jared’”: Inside the West Wing, Security Clearance-gate Is Getting Uglier by the Day

Kushner is asking people to advocate on his behalf. McMaster is lobbying Mike Pompeo and Dan Coats to support Kelly. But in the end, it’s all up to Trump.
Hrm.

So does mean that Jarad and Ivanka's clearances have been (scheduled to be) revoked, or is Kelly just talking about doing this at some point in the future maybe?



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Post by RVInit » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:58 pm

Trump hasn't worried about ethics thus far, why would he start now? This is a no brainer. He will give Kushner whatever security clearance he wants. Whose going to stop him? Nobody.


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RVInit wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:58 pm
Trump hasn't worried about ethics thus far, why would he start now? This is a no brainer. He will give Kushner whatever security clearance he wants. Whose going to stop him? Nobody.
Yes, he can do it, but then explain to the independent voters left out there WHY his family members should receive those clearances.



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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:20 pm

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Mueller probe holding up Kushner security clearance: report

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference is holding up White House adviser Jared Kushner’s security clearance, CNN reported Thursday.

Sources told CNN that the process to complete the security clearance can’t be completed until Mueller’s team wraps up its probe into ties between Kushner and Russians and other foreign contacts.

It's unknown when Mueller's investigation will conclude, but there is no indication that it will end any time in the near future.

Kushner has emerged as a key player in Mueller’s probe. The special counsel is reportedly looking at the adviser’s dealings with foreign investors for his family's real estate business during the presidential transition.

Kushner’s contacts with Russians and his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn are also reportedly included in the probe.

Questions over Kushner’s security clearance reached a fever pitch earlier this month after it was revealed that he, along with several other top Trump aides, had been working with temporary security clearances more than a year into the administration.


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Post by Dolly » Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:27 pm

Trump says Kelly will decided on Kushner clearance

President Trump on Friday said chief of staff John Kelly will have the final word on a security clearance for his chief adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Speaking on Friday at a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump defended his son-in-law, saying that he is doing important work at the White House and not accepting a paycheck.

“He has done an outstanding job,” Trump said. “I think he has been treated unfairly. He is a high quality person. He works for nothing. Nobody ever reports that. He gets zero. He doesn't get a salary.”

The president said he trusts that Kelly will make the right decision on whether to revoke Kushner’s clearance or not.

“General Kelly respects Jared a lot,” Trump said.

“I will let General Kelly make that decision,” he added. “And he's going to do what's right for the country. And I have no doubt he will make the right decision.” <SNIP>
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Former Obama advisers defend White House vetting system after Trump criticism

Two former advisers to President Obama rejected President Trump's claim on Friday that his White House inherited a "broken" system for issuing security clearances, with one saying it is the Trump administration that is broken.

The Trump administration has faced scrutiny in recent weeks after it was revealed that dozens of officials have been allowed to work for prolonged periods of time on interim security clearances.

"NO! I helped oversee the Obama admin processing of thousands of nominees and officials during the busiest two years of appointments (2009-01), including weighing in on clearance issues," Norm Eisen, Obama's former ethics czar, tweeted in response to Trump's comments. "IT WORKED FINE--ITS THIS ADMINISTRATION THAT IS BROKEN." ...

"Norm, you put us through the paces and it could definitely be a hassle," tweeted Austan Goolsbee, the former chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers. "But seeing these people disregard their disclosure obligations to the American people, access intelligence when they can’t pass fbi vetting, or abuse their offices for personal gain is infuriating/obscene."


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Talking Points Memo
Senators Want Info On White House Security Clearance Process

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday issued a bipartisan request to White House Counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Chris Wray for more information on how the Trump administration is handling the process for requesting security clearances.

The letter from Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) comes after reports that some 100 White House staffers, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, were working on interim clearances as of November 2017.

“If true, this raises significant concerns that ineligible individuals, who hold positions of public trust, may have access to sensitive or classified information,” the letter reads.

The senators request information, by March 13, on the total number of those working on interim clearances, what sensitive or classified information they have access to, and the exact circumstances surrounding the clearance for fired White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, among other topics.


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:09 pm

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Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence

A memo sent Friday downgraded the presidential son-in-law and adviser and other White House aides who had been working on interim clearances.

Presidential son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded — a move that will prevent him from viewing many of the sensitive documents to which he once had unfettered access.

Kushner is not alone. All White House aides working on the highest-level interim clearances — at the Top Secret/SCI-level — were informed in a memo sent Friday that their clearances would be downgraded to the Secret level, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

The SCI acronym stands for sensitive compartmentalized information, a category of information that comes from sensitive intelligence sources and must be walled off.

The memo was not signed by chief of staff John Kelly, but it comes as the retired Marine general and other top White House aides are grappling with the fallout of a scandal involving former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, which revealed that dozens of White House aides had yet to receive permanent clearances but nonetheless had access to some of the country’s deepest secrets.


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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:35 pm

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Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage

Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports on the matter.

Among those nations discussing ways to influence Kushner to their advantage were the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico, the current and former officials said.

It is unclear if any of those countries acted on the discussions, but Kushner’s contacts with certain foreign government officials have raised concerns inside the White House and are a reason he has been unable to obtain a permanent security clearance, the officials said.
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Quartz: China, Israel, Mexico and the UAE reportedly schemed to manipulate Jared Kushner via business ties


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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:53 pm

Addie wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:35 pm
WaPo
Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage

:snippity:
crosspost from the Jared thread
WaPo wrote:H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, learned that Kushner had contacts with foreign officials that he did not coordinate through the National Security Council or officially report. The issue of foreign officials talking about their meetings with Kushner and their perception of his vulnerabilities was a subject raised in McMaster’s daily intelligence briefings, according to the current and former officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
In other words: the State Department and T.Rex likely had not heard of this either...



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Post by ZekeB » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 pm

I doubt that Donald would have been able to get a security clearance if he were required to jump the usual hoops.


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ZekeB wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:32 pm
I doubt that Donald would have been able to get a security clearance if he were required to jump the usual hoops.
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Four Commerce Department appointees lose their posts after problems in background checks

Four Commerce Department political appointees working on interim security clearances lost their jobs Tuesday because of problems in their background checks, the latest fallout from the intensifying public scrutiny on administration officials working without permanent clearances.

The department determined that the four appointees — including one who worked for the agency for nearly a year and served for several months as a senior adviser to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — should not be given access to classified information, according to multiple officials who requested anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

A Commerce Department spokesman declined to comment on any terminations or resignations related to security clearance problems.

“The Department is prohibited by the Privacy Act from discussing personal information about employees,” spokesman James Rockas said in a statement. “The standard background and hiring practices are followed by the Department and, whenever concerns are raised during that process, the Department acts immediately.”


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Post by Mikedunford » Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:36 pm

I wish there was a way to tell how many of the clearance issues are pot-related, and if there's been a change in how mitigation for past marijuana use is being handled.


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Mikedunford wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:36 pm
I wish there was a way to tell how many of the clearance issues are pot-related, and if there's been a change in how mitigation for past marijuana use is being handled.
I suspect the majority of the problems arise from contacts with foreigners on the FBI and CIA's "list." Occasionally you'd find a domestic abuser.


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Hahaha - somebody's happy :-D

Daily Beast - Rick Wilson
The Deep State Takes Out the White House’s Dark Clown Prince

If you’ve ever filled out a form SF-86 for a U.S. government security clearance, you’ll know the hassle of dealing with the sheer volume of information it entails. Listing contacts, personal, financial, and travel information in enormous, painstaking detail isn’t trivial, and even small errors will get the form kicked back to you or your clearance rejected. Applicants are required to spell out in great detail the specifics of foreign travel and overseas contacts. Investigators need to know where you’ve made your money and to whom you have debts.

I did it in my early twenties when my life was relatively uncomplicated, and it was still a pain in the ass. It’s not easy, and it’s not supposed to be.

It’s even harder when you’re a corrupt, entitled snake who repeatedly lies about your finances to federal investigators and serves as a living, breathing poster child for privileged venality. It’s even harder when you’ve rather clumsily attempted to use both your familial relationship and proximity to the president of the United States to save your family’s failing real estate empire.

All of which helps explain Jared Kushner’s very bad day on Tuesday. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, a man who has compromised himself and his supposed values to accommodate and indulge President Trumphausen’s various whims, impulses, urges, feuds, and paranoid episodes finally drew the line and busted Kushner’s security clearance down from TS/SCI to Walmart Greeter Background Check (Provisional). ...

Kushner is a man who needs a billion dollars fast, and is willing to cast shame on the winds to get there. The stench of his venality and desperation hangs around him like stripper perfume, cloying and obvious. Jared all but hiked up his sassy pink petticoats while whistling, “Hey, sailor!” to the Chinese, Israeli, Arab, and Russian investors he begged to invest in his failing 666 5th Avenue white elephant.


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Addie wrote:
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:29 pm
Hahaha - somebody's happy :-D

Daily Beast - Rick Wilson
The Deep State Takes Out the White House’s Dark Clown Prince

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Addie wrote:
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Hahaha - somebody's happy :-D
Thanks, Addie, I enjoyed that immensely! :thumbs:


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Oversight Dem presses for Kushner subpoena ...

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) is expressing “grave concerns” that Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, has remained a key figure in the administration even after his top-secret security clearance was revoked by chief of staff John Kelly last month.

In a March 7 letter to Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Connolly called for an immediate hearing into Kushner’s potential conflicts of interest — and a subpoena to compel Kushner’s testimony. ...

“Absent a hearing that includes Mr. Kushner’s testimony under oath, we can only guess why the FBI and White House have substantial concerns about Mr. Kushner’s access to our nation’s secrets.”

Connolly is pointing, in particular, to Trump’s decision this week to have Kushner spearhead sensitive talks with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose ongoing feud with Trump over construction of a border wall has strained relations between the two countries.

Kushner’s visit with Nieto came just days after The Washington Post reported that Mexico was among four countries that had sought “ways they could manipulate” Kushner by exploiting his inexperience in foreign policy and the financial difficulties facing his family’s real estate empire.

“Given this news,” Connolly wrote, “it is beyond troubling that the White House tapped Mr. Kushner to lead a U.S. delegation to Mexico to meet with President Enrique Pena Nieto this very week.”


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Post by Foggy » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:15 pm

Kushner has been reading our thread on Gavin Seim and realized that México might be a good fit for another obnoxious little pissant on the run from the US authorities. :mrgreen:


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Post by Addie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:25 pm

The Hill
Gowdy: White House response to request for security clearance info ‘inadequate'

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) wants more information from the White House in response to his questions on security clearances in the wake of staff secretary Rob Porter's resignation, calling its reaction "inadequate."

The White House refused to comply with the committee's request on whether it followed proper security clearance procedures for Porter, who resigned last month after allegations of domestic abuse surfaced in the media. The administration on Thursday instead detailed its new security clearance process implemented amid criticism over interim clearances and how the White House handles background checks.

"The Chairman finds the White House's response inadequate, and we have communicated to the White House that we expect full compliance," said Oversight spokeswoman Amanda Gonzalez in a statement on Friday.

Gowdy's original letter last month demanded to know how Porter remained on in the administration despite the allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wives and his lack of security clearance, and asked for details on the White House's process for issuing the clearances.

While chief of staff John Kelly and other administration officials claimed to be unaware of the nature of the allegations until reports surfaced last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to a Senate panel that the bureau had notified the White House of the allegations that popped up in its background check of Porter months earlier.
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CNN: Showdown between WH, GOP lawmakers looms over Rob Porter scandal


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CBS News
Trump fires his personal assistant, John McEntee, then Trump campaign hires him

President Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired Monday, because he is currently under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security for financial crimes, CBS News' Jacqueline Alemany confirmed Tuesday. On Tuesday morning, the Trump reelection campaign announced that McEntee had just been hired as a senior adviser for campaign operations.

McEntee was escorted from the White House and was not allowed to collect his belongings. The Washington Post first reported McEntee's firing, and CNN first reported the reason for his firing, citing a source familiar with his firing.

As Mr. Trump's personal assistant -- also known as a body man -- McEntee accompanied the president almost everywhere and had been an aide for him since early in the campaign. ...
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The Hill: Fired Trump assistant couldn't get security clearance over financial problems: report ...

The Secret Service is investigating McEntee over his alleged online gambling problems and “mishandling” of taxes, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing senior administration officials.


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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:04 pm

Beyer.house.gov - press release
25 House Dems to White House: Fire Jared Kushner Immediately : Congressman Don Beyer

25 House Dems to White House: Fire Jared Kushner Immediately

“It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests”

Washington, March 14, 2018

Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of 25 House Democrats warning White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the growing threat to national security presented by Senior Adviser Jarod Kushner’s continued presence in the White House. The Members cited a series of reports raising red flags about Kushner’s security clearance issues and conflicts of interest, and called upon Kelly to fire Kushner immediately.

The Members wrote:

“In the wake of the scandal surrounding former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, little confidence remains about information security among White House staff... The Washington Post reported last week that Mr. Kushner is seen as a potential asset by foreign countries, including the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, and Israel.



“A January report in the New Yorker identified Kushner as the focus of a concerted influence operation by Chinese officials. The same story noted that Kushner discussed his own business interests and the foreign policy of the United States with respect to China in the same meeting with a Chinese official.



“The New York Times reported that Kushner’s real estate business received large loans from Citigroup and Apollo Global Management after Kushner met with representatives of those companies at the White House. That story states that Kushner discussed securing a position in the Administration for one of Apollo’s founders months before Kushner Companies received an unusually large loan of $184 million from Apollo. Such interactions give the distinct impression that corruption is occurring at the White House, in plain sight and without consequence.



“It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests… The only path forward is clear: Jared Kushner must resign immediately. If he will not, we believe it is your duty as White House Chief of Staff to fire him.”

The full text of the letter follows below, and a signed copy is available here.

Rep. Beyer was the first Member of Congress to call for the suspension of Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner’s security clearance, following the revelation of myriad omissions on Kushner’s SF-86. Beyer later led 50+ Democrats seeking revocation of Kushner’s clearance, and also raised issues with the clearances of Ivanka Trump and Stephen Miller.


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John Kelly
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Dear Chief of Staff Kelly,

We write to raise urgent concerns about national security related to Senior Adviser Jared Kushner’s continued access to classified information and presence in the White House. In the wake of the scandal surrounding former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, little confidence remains about information security among White House staff. We believe Mr. Kushner should resign or be fired.

The Washington Post reported last week that Mr. Kushner is seen as a potential asset by foreign countries, including the United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, and Israel[1]. That story cited current and former US officials as the source of an extraordinary allegation against a senior White House adviser:

“Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience…”

The same story went on to note that Kushner has had contacts with foreign officials of which the US national security establishment was unaware, at times without any other American officials present. We cannot overstate how concerning this is for someone simultaneously tasked with conducting US foreign policy and possessing myriad financial arrangements with foreign businesses.

A January report in the New Yorker identified Kushner as the focus of a concerted influence operation by Chinese officials[2]. The same story noted that Kushner discussed his own business interests and the foreign policy of the United States with respect to China in the same meeting with a Chinese official.

These reports follow Kushner’s previous failures to faithfully and honestly declare his contacts, personal and professional, with agents of foreign governments. His omissions of meetings during the transition led to multiple required updates to his Standard Form 86 to declare different relationships and encounters with foreign officials[3], including one at which he was said to have discussed the creation of a secret backchannel to communicate with the Russian government[4].

Kushner’s ethical and financial disclosures are similarly fraught. Even as he oversees aspects of US trade relations and receives the President’s Daily Brief[5], Kushner retains direct control of a business empire possibly worth hundreds of millions of dollars[6]. He has been repeatedly fined for his failure to punctually file the ethics disclosures that disclose his business holdings[7]. He holds debts which run into the tens of millions of dollars[8], debts which he held while his business sought money from investors in Qatar[9] and China[10]. As you know, Kushner’s portfolio includes the Middle East and China.

Jared Kushner’s domestic conflicts of interest are equally concerning. The New York Times reported that Kushner’s real estate business received large loans from Citigroup and Apollo Global Management after Kushner met with representatives of those companies at the White House[11]. That story states that Kushner discussed securing a position in the Administration for one of Apollo’s founders months before Kushner Companies received an unusually large loan of $184 million from Apollo. Such interactions give the distinct impression that corruption is occurring at the White House, in plain sight and without consequence.

We appreciate that you recently revoked Kushner’s access to top-secret intelligence, but this is not enough[12]. We do not see adequate safeguards to prevent him from continuing to consume such intelligence, and we feel that he does not merit access to any classified material. Furthermore, we believe that the inability to safely view US intelligence products renders him unfit to successfully fulfill the responsibilities delegated to him by President Trump.

It is grossly irresponsible to continue allowing Jared Kushner such direct influence over American foreign policy, given the many red flags. The possible leverage created by his debts, his failure to give accurate and punctual accounts of his foreign contacts and business holdings, and his inability after over a year to gain a permanent security clearance[13] would raise inescapable warning signs about the most junior staff, to say nothing of one of the closest people to the President.

It is impossible for the American people or their elected Representatives to have faith that Jared Kushner will put their interests above his own personal and financial interests. We have not forgotten your recent failure to take decisive action in a timely fashion with regard to Rob Porter. We hope that you will not make the same mistake again.

The only path forward is clear: Jared Kushner must resign immediately. If he will not, we believe it is your duty as White House Chief of Staff to fire him.

Sincerely,


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Post by Addie » Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:15 pm

The Hill
House Oversight Dems: GOP blocking request for Trump admin records

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday that committee Republicans are blocking efforts to get documents from the Trump administration necessary for an investigation into the White House’s use of private emails and private jets.

Democrats told Reuters on Thursday that committee Republicans blocked requests during a committee meeting for the panel to consider, debate and vote on 13 motions to subpoena various documents and testimony.

Those documents reportedly relate to the White House’s security clearance policy, as well as Trump officials’ use of private planes and private email accounts.

In particular, Democrats on the panel are interested in White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's testimony about his actions prior to having his security clearance downgraded from "top secret" to "secret," Reuters reported.


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