Kelly makes changes to White House security process

Kelly makes changes to White House security process

Ms. Sanders following his testimony acknowledged that she couldn't say "with 100-percent certainty" that officials including Mr. Trump's Chief of Staff, Gen. John Kelly, and White House Counsel Donald McGahn had been unaware of the red flags that had been thrown up to block the security clearance for Mr.

In the memo, Kelly says "recent events have exposed some remaining shortcomings" in the security clearance request process. Porter resigned two weeks ago after his ex-wives came forward to say that he had abused them - allegations which the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovered during Porter's background check and informed the White House about, yet somehow did not lead to the cancellation of his interim security clearance.

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Despite White House assertions otherwise, none of this is normal - either how long someone as high-level as Kushner has been able to keep their temporary clearance, or how long it has taken to do the background checks across the White House, according to experts on the subject. Porter's contacted Mr. McGahn and told him Mr. Porter-who by that time was also dating Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director-had anger problems, according to the New York Times, which quoted staffers familiar with what transpired saying that Mr. McGahn advised Mr.

Kelly's memo comes just over a week after White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned after allegations of domestic abuse against him became public. "We should - and in the future, must - do better", he wrote.

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'In ordinary circumstances, the existing processes we inherited, along with the reforms I have implemented in the past months, have generally worked well.

The proposed changes, obtained by The Washington Post, came with a memo from Kelly himself, in which seemingly addressed the controversy, which led to an investigation that discovered over 130 White House officials did not have full security clearance.

Shane Harris, Josh Dawsey, Carol Leonnig, and Robert Costa at the Washington Post pointed out that the Kelly clearance overhaul could put a "bull's eye" on Kushner. He said additional information was turned over to the White House this month, maintaining that proper protocols had been followed.

Kelly's memo on future clearance practices is addressed to White House Counsel Don McGahn, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, National Security Advisor H.R.McMaster, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Joe Hagin. Any interim top-secret clearance for people with pending investigations or adjudications since June 1, 2017 or before will be discontinued. Kelly said his office, the chief of staff's office, must also approve of all new security clearance requests. But Kelly writes he is still not sure whether this is achievable.

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