Trump Sees Nothing Wrong With Giving Security Clearances To People Deemed Ineligible
February 1, 2019
Last week, we learned that Jared Kushner was one of at least 30 Trump officials who had their security clearances denied by career security experts but were approved anyway, despite compromising information.
Despite the fact that this is a major national security scandal, Trump said that he saw nothing wrong with calling up officials from the White House personnel security office, overruling their decisions as independent security experts, and ordering them to give clearances to people who did not pass vet.
LAST WEEK: Kushner was one of at least 30 Trump officials who had their security clearances denied by career security specialists, which was then overruled and approved, despite unfavorable information.
NBC News: “Kushner’s was one of at least 30 cases in which Kline overruled career security experts and approved a top-secret clearance for incoming Trump officials despite unfavorable information, the two sources said.”
NOW:Trump said there would be nothing wrong with him ordering White House officials to give clearances to people who did not pass vet.
Trump: “I don’t know. I just don’t — I just, I never thought it was necessary. I also know him. He’s a very solid person, and I just can’t imagine he would have — I guess even, Ivanka, they, they, I heard that, uh, something with Jared and Ivanka —”
Trump: “But, uh, I don’t believe I’ve ever met any of the national security — of the people that would do clearances. Um, and there’d be nothing wrong, I don’t think, with me calling them up to the Oval Office and say, ‘Hey give these people, you know, clearances.’”