Monday, a White House whistleblower, Tricia Newbold, shared that at least 25 people in the Trump White House were denied security clearances but got the clearances anyway. The House Oversight and Reform Committee is now investigating those 25 people, and John Bolton, the National Security Adviser, is one of them, The Week reports.
Trump has been criticized previously for his relaxed security standards. In January, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was denied security clearance following an FBI background check. Yet, Kushner was given top access anyway. Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the president, faced similar security issues.
After Tricia Newbold gave her account to the House Oversight Committee, Committee chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked for summaries on how Kushner, Ivanka, and Bolton were granted clearances. Newbold said that she or someone else in the White House’s Personnel Security Office issued denials for security clearances to at least two people who are now “senior officials.” Kushner is likely one of those senior officials, but the other is unclear.