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Whistleblower says White House reversed denials of 25 security clearances

April 1, 2019

A White House official has told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the Trump White House reversed 25 denials for security clearance applications.

Tricia Newbold, who has been a White House security adviser for 18 years, said the security clearances for various administration officials were approved regardless of concerns over blackmail and foreign influences.

“I would not be doing a service to myself, my country, or my children if I sat back knowing that the issues that we have could impact national security,” she told committee investigators in a story first reported by The Washington Post.

A committee memo says Ms. Newbold began to keep a list in 2018 of White House employees whose denials were overturned.

“Her list eventually grew to 25 officials, including two current senior White House officials, as well as contractors and individuals throughout different components of the executive office of the president,” the memo states. “According to Ms. Newbold, these individuals had a wide range of serious disqualifying issues involving foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”