White House Whistleblower 🗣

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Security clearances

On Monday morning, Tricia Newbold, a whistleblower working inside the White House, told a committee that senior officials in the Trump administration had given security clearances to 25 individuals who had previously been denied security clearances.

Investigation and repercussions

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is leading the House Oversight and Reform committee investigation of Ms. Newbold’s charges. In response to her statements, Democrats are demanding more information about various security clearances. The Republican Party released a memo contesting Ms. Newbold’s integrity and experience, and denouncing the “reckless” publication of the memo.


Fox News: Official: Trump team overruled 25 security clearance denials

The Daily Caller: Republicans cast doubt on White House security clearance whistleblower  

Sources on the right focus on the Republican reaction to the Democrats’ treatment of the allegations. For example, the Daily Caller article includes extensive quoting of a Republican memo, which asserted that Newbold had “limited firsthand knowledge” of the security clearance cases.


New York Times: Whistle-blower tells Congress of irregularities in White House security clearances

Washington Post: White House whistleblower says 25 security clearance denials were reversed during Trump administration

Sources on the left highlight Trump’s previous clearance of his son-in-law Kushner (a controversial move, reported about a month ago). They also include mentions of EEOC discrimination complaints Newbold filed against her boss, Carl Kline.

Where's the common ground?

There is a consensus that regardless of issues of credibility, these allegations by Newbold set the scene for even more animosity between the White House and the Democratically-controlled House.

Memo wars, 2019



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