Whistleblower: White House reversed security clearance denials


A White House whistleblower has told Congress that dozens of rejected security clearance applications were overturned by the Trump administration. Tricia Newbold claimed applications that were denied for “serious disqualifying issues” were later reversed with little explanation.

The veteran White House security adviser testified to the Democratic-led House Oversight and Reform Committee. Democrats have long claimed that White House officials have abused clearances. Ms Newbold, who works as an adjudications manager in the White House Personnel Security Office, cited “grave” security risks arising from the intervention of her colleagues. The White House has not commented on the testimony.(BBC)…[+]