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Report: White House Rejects House Panel's Request for Docs on Security Clearances

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Published on May 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

Report: White House Rejects House Panel's Request for Docs on Security Clearances

The House Oversight Committee was denied documents related to Trump officials’ security clearances by White House counsel.

Veuer’s Justin Kircher has more.

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Report: White House Rejects House Panel's Request for Docs on Security Clearances

The White House is explaining the decision to deny the House Oversight Committee’s request for documents dealing with the security clearances of White House officials…????...including advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner…????...national security adviser John Bolton…????...and his predecessor Michael Flynn.????In a letter to the committee obtained by CNN, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone denied the request citing the need to protect sensitive background information for officials...????...writing that the committee is simply “harassing and seeking to punish political opponents”.????CNN reports that the request cited a precedent that Bill Clinton’s administration provided the committee with information on the White House’s background investigation process, as well as a former Travel Office official, back in 1996.????The media outlet reports that in his letter, Cipollone…??...cites that Elijah Cummings, the House Oversight Chairman…????...previously showed support for legislation in 1996 that would keep FBI background security information given to the White House private.????The document block comes before former White House security official Carl Kline is set to testify before the committee…????...where he is expected to be asked why security clearances were granted for some Trump officials despite concerns from his staff over those officials background checks.

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