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Security Clearance Scandal Explodes – Memo Exposes Trump Administration Cover Up for Failed Applicants

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Whistleblower charges top Trump White House officials “continuously overrode” decisions her office made against granting clearances

A whistleblower who has placed her career in jeopardy last month told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that at least 25 applicants – including top Trump White House aides – should not have been granted security clearances but top administration officials overruled the decisions of career civil servants vetting their applications.

Among those aides who were granted clearances against the recommendation of those career civil servants were Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, a CNN National Security correspondent reported.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Monday released a 10-page memorandum documenting the whistleblower’s allegations, and it’s a bombshell.

The whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, charges that top Trump White House officials “continuously overrode” decisions her office made against granting clearances.

Among the reasons the 25 or more applicants were originally denied were “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct,” as The New York Times had reported.

Chairman Cummings did not reveal the names of the 25 or more individuals who were granted security clearances after failing review, but he did reveal some of the names of top administration officials whose files – known as “adjudication summaries” – he is requesting.

Among them, John Bolton, Michael Flynn, Sebastian Gorka, Jared Kushner, John McEntee, K.T. McFarland, Robert Porter, Robin Townley, and Ivanka Trump, as Talking Points Memo reports.

Bolton is currently President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor. Michael Flynn was President Trump’s first, and now fired National Security Advisor. He is also now a convicted felon. And Rob Porter is Trump’s former White House Staff Secretary who resigned after allegations of domestic abuse were made by his ex-wives.

Newbold says she “raised concerns” with at least seven different people in the Trump administration over the granting of security clearances to those who should not have been allowed them.

At one point her supervisor “called me in his office and asked me to change the recommendation. I said I absolutely would not.”

In return for working to protect the Executive Office of the President (EOP), the Trump administration and the White House, Newbold was suspended without pay for 14 days – despite having “had ‘no prior formal disciplinary action’ in her 18-year career and received a rating of ‘Exceeds Expectations’ on her performance appraisal in 2017, the first year of the Trump Administration,” Chairman Cummings’ memo explains.

Her disciplinary notice stated:  “You are not in charge of the Personnel Security Division (PSD) or EOP security. You may not see a complete picture or be aware of the requirements of the entire EOP.”

She says the Trump administration’s new policies are “making the EOP less safe and presenting us more of a risk.”

Chairman Cumming’s memo adds, “Ms. Newbold noted that she fears additional reprisals and losing her job. She stated: ‘I’m terrified of going back. I know that this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions, which is to bring back the integrity of the office.'”

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‘Shaping Policies’: Trump Official in Charge of Personnel at HHS Has Been a College Senior – Report

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The Trump administration put a college senior in charge of personnel at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Catherine Granito. She appears to have graduated this spring.

A Politico report Monday afternoon, “Trump administration shakes up HHS personnel office after tumultuous hires,” revealed the stunning placement – including that she has been “playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

HHS has an annual budget of $1.286 trillion. As of 2015 it had 79,540 employees.

“White House Liaison Emily Newman and her deputy Catherine Granito will be shifting full-time to the Voice of America’s parent organization, the United States Agency for Global Media, HHS chief of staff Brian Harrison told senior staff on Monday,” the Politico article states.

It adds that “Granito — an undergraduate at the University of Michigan as recently as this spring — had been in charge of the health department’s personnel while playing a role in shaping policies in the middle of a pandemic.”

Granito’s LinkedIn page says she attended the University of Michigan until May as a student athlete playing lacrosse and notes she majored in English language and literature. A Google search shows that page listed her as an “advisor” at HHS.

Her Facebook page says she “Works at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

The recent Michael Caputo scandal appears to have involved Granito.

“Granito, who was in the class of 2020 at the University of Michigan, was involved in political appointees’ recent scrutiny of CDC Deputy Director Anne Schuchat, a career civil servant. Caputo and his team raised concerns about Schuchat this spring after she publicly acknowledged missed opportunities in the nation’s response to the coronavirus.”

 

Image: Official White House Photo of HHS Sec. Alex Azar and President Donald Trump by Tia Dufour via Flickr

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Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Very Likely’ Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Buried

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly likely by Tuesday. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court. The date of her funeral, which will be a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, has not even been announced yet.

Asked if the nomination would be announced “before Wednesday,” she replied, “I think that’s very likely.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday morning also hinted the announcement would come Tuesday.

 

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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls

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President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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