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Top Trump Officials Granted Security Clearances to More Than 2 Dozen Applicants Who Had Been Rejected

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‘Foreign Influence, Conflicts of Interest, Concerning Personal Conduct, Financial Problems, Drug Use, and Criminal Conduct’

Senior aides within the Trump administration granted security clearances to more than two dozen White House officials – including two current senior White House officials – and others, whose applications had been denied or rejected by career civil service officials charged with reviewing and recommending and approval or denial.

Applications of at least 25 people were denied for a wide variety of reasosn, including, “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct,” a whistle-blower, Tricia Newbold, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee, The New York Times reports.

Newbold, who has worked in the White House for 18 years, serves as a manager in the White House’s Personnel Security Office. Her claims were made public by the Committee in a report after she testified last month.

“The denials by the career employees were overturned, she said, by more-senior officials who did not follow the procedures designed to mitigate security risks.”

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings is planning to subpoena the White House Counsel, Pat Cipollone, on Tuesday.

“The committee has given the White House every possible opportunity to cooperate with this investigation, but you have declined,” Chairman Cummings wrote to Cipollone. “Your actions are now preventing the committee from obtaining the information it needs to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities.”

In a statement on his government website Chairman Cummings praised Newbold for coming forward to share the “grave concerns about the dysfunction” she has observed in the Trump White House.

 

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NEW: Whistleblower’s Bombshell Complaint About Trump ‘Involves Ukraine’

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A reportedly damning whistleblower complaint filed with the federal government intelligence community inspector general against President Donald Trump “involves Ukraine,” The Washington Post, which first broke the story, late Thursday night reports in the latest development.

“Two and a half weeks before the complaint was filed,” by an intelligence official, “Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian and political newcomer who was elected in a landslide in May,” The Post reports.

The whistleblower complaint was filed August 12. It reportedly accuses the president of making a disturbing “promise” to an unnamed foreign leader, and reportedly doing so on several different occasions, or involved “multiple actions,” as The New York Times states.

The White House, through the Acting Director of National Intelligence, has refused to hand over to Congress the whistleblower complaint. By law it is required to do so within seven days of the report being created.

President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani have reportedly been trying to force to deliver dirt on top Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump had been withholding military aid from Ukraine.

In fact, last month Giuliani freely admitted he had traveled to the Eastern European country.

“Ukraine’s prosecutor general told Bloomberg in May he had no proof of wrongdoing by Biden or his son,” CNN reported at the time.

And in a stunning breach of protocol, the U.S. State Department reportedly assisted Giuliani with the trip.

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US Military Officers Awarded ‘Pride Pins’ for Visits to Trump’s Scottish Resort: Report

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According to a report from Politico, military officers making extended stays at Donald Trump’s struggling Scottish golf resort are being lavished with extra attention, including being awarded a co-called “Pride Pin” to commemorate their stay.

As part of their continuing investigation on military flight crews being housed at the Turnberry golf course, the reports also states that crews are not just staying over for one night, but may spend days at the resort playing golf while the government picks up the tab.

High-ranking officers, Politico reports, can expect “a version of its ‘Pride Pin,’ a lapel pin featuring the property’s iconic lighthouse — an honor reserved for VIPs — upon their arrival, according to a resort staffer familiar with the practice.”

The report notes that, contrary to earlier reports, stays are not limited to one-night stays.

“Air Force crews on layovers from Prestwick Airport have become a major facet of the life of the resort,” Politico reports. “It also revealed that, rather than being restricted to single-night refueling stops, some visits last multiple nights, expanding the known dimensions of the relationship between the president’s luxury resort and the U.S. military.”

While staying at the resort, military crews are also encouraged to use the golf course – for a fee – with Politico noting that stopovers appear to increase during the slow season for the resort.

“In at least one instance earlier this year, a crew was laid up for multiple nights while their plane underwent repairs, allowing them to hit the links on Turnberry’s world-class course and purchase mementos from the pro shop, where a child’s golf shirt runs 55 British pounds, about $68 at the current exchange rate,” the report states. “While crews were spotted here this summer, one longtime staffer said that they more frequently show up in the winter low season, and stay at the lodges — more spacious, freestanding structures downhill of the main hotel, which looks out over the seashore.”

“While staying at Turnberry, the crews mostly stay on resort grounds. Aside from servers at the Balkenna Tea Room, a mile from the resort, who said they had served uniformed service members of unknown nationality within the past week, staffers at the handful of establishments in the resort’s vicinity said they were unaware of a regular military presence there,” Politico reports.

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Liberty University Insiders Blow the Lid Off Jerry Falwell Jr’s Shady Dealings: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’

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More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials revealed their growing disenchantment with president Jerry Falwell Jr. — whose leadership they described as a “dictatorship.”

The school uses nondisclosure agreements to silence university employees and board members, but many of them agreed to speak anonymously to reporter Brandon Ambrosino, a Liberty graduate, for an article published by Politico.

“I feel like I’m betraying them in some way,” said one longtime current employee with ties to the Falwells. “But someone’s gotta tell the freakin’ truth.”

Liberty sources revealed that Falwell partied at nightclubs and graphically discussed his sex life with employees, and they said he and his wife had been consolidating power and directing university resources to projects and real estate deals for himself and his friends.

“We’re not a school, we’re a real estate hedge fund,” said a senior university official with knowledge of Liberty’s finances. “We’re not educating, we’re buying real estate every year and taking students’ money to do it.”

Related: Trump-Loving Jerry Falwell Jr Personally Approved $1.2 Million No Money Down Real Estate Sale for His Personal Trainer

Falwell took over the university in 2007, after his namesake father’s death, and his brother Jonathan took over Jerry Falwell Sr.’s Thomas Road Baptist Church.

The nonprofit university had listed assets of just over $259 million at that time, but its IRS filing in 2017 showed assets surpassing $2.5 billion, driven by a surge in online students — but many close to Falwell expressed concerns about where tuition money goes.

“We’re talking about the difference between right and wrong,” a current high-ranking university official said. “Not even ‘being a Christian,’ but being a good person, versus people who manipulate the system.”

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