The fact that Javanka, a couple off the pages of GQ and Vogue, but with zero business achievements or government experience to recommend them, occupy the positions of power in our government that they do, is stunning on it’s face. Add to that the fact that they both hold security clearances, which they were initially denied and the picture truly becomes frightening. Tricia Newbold, a security clearance specialist, spoke before Congress on this issue. Politico:
“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,” aides wrote in the 10-page memo, summarizing Newbold’s testimony.
Newbold, who sat for an interview with the House Oversight and Reform Committee on March 23 about the Trump administration’s security clearance process, is the highest-ranking White House official to speak out about the issue which has come under intense scrutiny from lawmakers.
She told the committee that coming to Congress was her “last hope” to bring “integrity” back to her office, noting that her internal complaints were ignored even as she amassed a list of more than two dozen officials whose clearances were approved despite an initial denial.
“I do not see a way forward positively in our office without coming to an external entity, and that’s because I have raised my concerns throughout the [Executive Office of the President] to career staffers as well as political staffers,” she said, according to a memo prepared for members of the committee. “And I want it known that this is a systematic, it’s an office issue, and we’re not a political office, but these decisions were being continuously overrode.”
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump should never have been given security clearances. Trump loves his discretion with security clearances, like he loves his pardon power. He was all set to revoke Adam Schiff’s security clearance the other day and shut him down in doing so, when he sadly found out that the Congressman’s security clearance didn’t work that way and that Schiff was a member of the Gang of 8. You remember Trump showing Jim Acosta who was the big boss by pulling his clearance.
Unfortunately, this isn’t just a childish Trump game, national security is at stake. We need to vote the Trump crime family into oblivion.