A white house whistleblower told lawmakers that more than two dozen denials of security clarification have been overthrown during the Trump administration, calling the Congress its "last hope" to address what she considers inappropriate behavior has left the country secrets exposed. 19659002] Tricia Newbold, a long-standing White Security Adviser, told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that she and her colleagues issued "dozens of denials" to security clearance applications that were later approved despite their concerns over extortion, foreign influence or other red flags, according to panel documents released Monday.
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"I would not do a favor to myself, my country or my children if I sat down and knew that the problems we have could affect national security," Newbold told the committee. panel document that summarized its claims.
Newbold added: right now it's my last hope to really bring the integrity back to our office. "
The claim comes during an escalating struggle on the issue between house democrats and the White House. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the committee, said in a letter to the Science Council that his panel would vote Tuesday to judge at least one person who overruled the Newbold Committee's first mandatory step against the White House.
Cummings promised that more judges would follow if the White House did not cooperate with his panel investigation.
The White House did not respond promptly on an email and a phone call seeking comments.
White House officials whose security clearance is being reviewed by the House Oversight Committee include the President's daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser John Bolton, according to the panel's letter.  Trump administration has refused to comply with numerous document requests and queries Cummings has made on the subject during For the past two years, Cummings identified the Security Implementation Process as one of his top priorities after the Democrats took the majority in Parliament this fall, but his panel has not yet received a single White House document on the issue.
"The committee has given White House every possible opportunity to cooperate with this inquiry, but you have rejected," wrote Cummings on Monday letter to White House Advisor Pat Cipollone. "Your actions now prevent the committee from obtaining the information necessary to fulfill its constitutional responsibility."
Cummings later argued: "In light of the serious reports of this whistleblower – and the ongoing refusal of the White House to provide information we need to conduct our investigation – the committee is now planning to continue with the mandatory process and begin approving summits beginning on tomorrow's business meeting. "
The controversy that Democrats claim is affecting their investigations by President Trump. They believe that Trump has abused his power and bowed the rules to accommodate himself, his children, and his allies. And the security approval issue that they argue is an example of how he has set his own desires before the interests of the nation.
Several newspapers, including The Washington Post, reported that Trump, early last year, reckoned his then chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to give Kushner a top secret security clearance – a step that made Kelly so uncomfortable that he documented the request in writing, according to current and former administrative officials.
Newbold expressed fear of coming forward, the panel says, "I'm afraid to go back. I know this will not be perceived in favor of my intentions to bring back the integrity of the office."
She said she had already received retaliation to refuse to issue security clearance and challenge her superiors as they attempted to implement clearance process changes she disagreed with the Trump administration.
Newbold said she was suspended without pay for 14 days at the end of January despite "no previous formal disciplinary actions" in her nearly two-decade term of office. And when she returned, she was removed from her position as "second level adjudicator" on security clarifications and is no longer a direct supervisor.
In his interview with the committee held during a weekend, the Newbold told the panel that she began holding a list of employees whose applications were denied, but was later given clearings despite concerns about their links to foreign influence, conflicts of interest, questionable or criminal behavior, economic problems or drug abuse.
That figure now reaches 25, she said, "including two current senior white house officials, as well as contractors and individuals in various parts of the president's executive office," the letter says.
Newbold named several superiors she took her concerns, including: Director of Human Security Carl Kline; his closest supervisor, Chief Operations Officer Samuel Price; White House Counsel's Office; Assistant to President Marcia Kelly; and Chief Security Officer Crede Bailey.
Newbold told the panel that she knew that her denial of security clarifications could be overridden. But she was initially concerned about the lack of documentation that went into these decisions and said they were made "without remembering the risks they accepted."
In the case of a top white householder described only as "Official 1" in the committee documents, Newbold said that Kline overruled her and another employee's refusal of an application due to concerns about foreign influence. But Kline, she said, "failed to address all the disqualifying concerns mentioned by Mrs Newbold and the first line lawyer," according to a committee statement of her answer.
Newbold said another agency contacted her and demanded to know "How we gave a favorable rating" that expressed concern about the clearance issued to "Official 1".
Newbold also accused Kline of telling her that he was actually concerned about another senior White House official called "Official 2" by the panel. She said one of her colleagues wrote a 14-page summary of why they planned to deny the application. But when she told Kline about her plan to agree with her colleague in the case, Kline did not tell "Newbold" the case.
Kline later approved the security clearance, she said.
Democrats have already identified Kline as one of the people they want to interview. Cummings said in his letter to the White House that the panel's first litigation would be to deposit Kline, now working for the Ministry of Defense.
Newbold also accused Kline of trying to get her to change her recommendation for a security inquiry refusal for a "senior national security council official" with whom she said Kline was in daily contact on the phone.
"According to Newbold, Mr. Kline called me in his office and asked me to change the recommendation. I said I absolutely wouldn't," wrote the committee.
She later added: "I then followed this conversation with an email to him and let him know that my reason for not changing my recommendation was not uninhibited; I stressed that I am behind my national security recommendation. and that in his position he has the ability to override me with the right recipients. "
Newbold also told Kline that he should not talk to the individual trying to get clearance because it was" unprofessional "and "It was to open the door to prevent him from making a fair and impartial recommendation."
"Official 3" is no longer at the White House, panelists say.  Newbold also raised concerns about new White House security clearance policies, which she says put the nation at risk. For example, the White House Security Office no longer checks the credits for applicants, which she said keep reviewers from knowing whether the applicants could be blackmailed because of their debt.
Newbold also said that the White House was "out of control" "With the number of temporary security approvals assigned to White House officials who had not yet had permanent clearance status. These temporary passes allowed helpers to access classified information – including some sensitive information – for long periods.
Some of these people never reached this clearing, Newbold told the committee, and in May 2017 another agency also complained about the practice she added.
Democrats defended Newbold's credentials in their Monday memo and letter, noting that she had served both democratic and Republican authorities.
"During her interview with committee staff, Newbold repeatedly reiterated that her concerns are based on national security – not on personal animus to anyone in It White House, "Democrats said.
Democrats said Newbold complimented Kelly as she said e was "very receptive and understanding" of her concerns. Kelly later wrote a note about her own concerns about the security clearance process.
The committee in its Monday book also revealed that it has also spoken to other whistleblowers about the security clearance process, suggesting that Newbold's history is probably not the last. For now, however, the individuals were too scared of "the risk of their career emerging publicly," the panel wrote.