White House whistleblower testimony prompts Dems to subpoena Trump official over security clearances

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A Democratic-led House committee voted Tuesday to subpoena a former Trump administration official to discuss how the White House granted security clearances to people despite problems with their background checks.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform voted along party lines to subpoena Carl Kline, who was the personnel security director during the first two years of the Trump presidency.

The White House “cannot stonewall and stall this committee for months and then just offer us general information about their policies, not when there are such serious allegations of a risk to national security,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The subpoena is based on testimony to committee aides from a whistleblower, a longtime White House security adviser who said she and colleagues denied security clearances to some 25 applicants, but saw those decisions overturned by higher-ups in the Trump administration.

“I would not be doing a service to myself, my country, or my children if I sat back knowing that the issues that we have could impact national security,” testified Tricia Newbold, a career employee who has returned to work at the White House.

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